Over 500 years ago an Italian philosopher made the apocalyptic prediction that two consecutive days of snow in the sunny, southern Italian town of Salento would mean ‘the end of the world’.
Now Matteo Tafuri’s prophecy is at risk of coming true after freezing temperatures hit Italy’s Peninsula, blanketing Salento’s beaches in snow.
‘Italian Nostradamus’ Tafuri, who lived from 1492-1582, was one of the most eminent personalities of Apulia region of Italy in the 16th century.
Warning that two days of Salento would lead to the end of the world, he wrote: ‘Salento of palm trees and mild south wind, snowy Salento but never after the touch. Two days of snow, two flashes in the sky, I know the world ends, but I do not yearn.’…
“Everything calls peace, Schalom! Then it will occur – a new Middle East war suddenly flames up, big naval forces are facing hostiley in the Mediterranean – the situation is strained. But the actual firing spark is set on fire in the Balkan: I see a “large one” falling, a bloody dagger lies beside him – then impact is on impact. …”
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