According to folk tales from Lucca, when you are not able to find your key or something disappears inexplicably in your house, it is Linchetto’s fault.
It is believed that Linchetto is a naughty spirit that tricks people in their own house, he can cause knots in your hair so you will be forced to cut it or he can steal something so you cannot find it. He loves neatness and He cannot bear disorder. If you want to get rid of Linchetto you can leave a bowl of berries or rice. He is not able to count. If he knocks over a bowl of berries in the dark, he instinctively will want to count. Not being good at counting, he will soon get bored. Alternatively, he will be disgusted if you eat polenta and cheese.