More than 500 years ago a man dubbed ‘Italian Nostradamus’ predicted that two days of snow in a southern Italian town would mark the beginning of “the end of the world”.

Italian philosopher Matteo Tafuri’s chilling prophecy is at risk of coming true after the region of Salento, Italy was blanketed in snow, despite being known for its mild climate.

Freezing cold temperatures are considered a rarity in the region, known as the “heel” of the Italian “boot” and for its pristine beaches.

Tafuri lived from 1492-1582 and was considered one of the most influential personalities of the Apulia region in the 16th century.

Matteo Tafuri warned two days of snow in Salento would be the start of the apocalypse.

Snow has covered Salento beaches sparking conspiracy theorists to think the prophecy may come true. Photo: YouTube Saems Leece

Snow in southern Italy. Photo: YouTube Saems Leece

During this time he warned two consecutive days of snow would destroy the resort of Salento, marking the lead-up to the apocalypse.

“Salento of palm trees and mild south wind, snowy Salento but never after the touch,” he predicted.

“Two days of snow, two flashes in the sky, I know the world ends, but I do not yearn.”

This week’s snow has covered parts of southern Italy, which has led to some fearing the philosopher’s eerie predictions will come true.

Salento is not known for snow. Rocky coast near Torre dell’Orso, Salento, Apulia, Italy. Photo: Getty.

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