An Italian newspaper has claimed that the tomb of Dracula - the brutal Romanian leader linked to the modern vampire novel and films - has been found in the centre of Naples.
Count Dracula gained notoriety as a blood-thirsty vampire in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, hundreds of years after the death of the Romanian leader Vlad III Dracula.
The cruel nature of real-life Dracula was equally well-known in the 15th century, when “Vlad the Impaler” punished his enemies by impaling them alive on stakes.
More than 500 years after Dracula’s death, a report in Il Gazzettino on Tuesday claimed a group of academics believe they have uncovered the mystery behind his burial site.
A video published by Il Gazzetino reportedly showing Dracula's tomb.
Two of the academics, named as brothers Giandomenico and Raffaello Glinni, reportedly traced Dracula to a tomb in the heart of Naples with the help of Nicola Barbatelli, director of Italy’s Museum of Ancient Populations (Museo delle Antiche Genti).
When contacted by The Local, Barbatelli was not immediately available to comment.
Using historical documents, the group is said to have linked “Vlad the Impaler” to a cloister in Piazza Santa Maria La Nova, on the edge of Naples’ historical quarter, the newspaper said.