I don't think the Monaciello would be wearing a cross, but I'm not sure.
Origin: Naples, Italy
Description: The Monacielli look like tiny chubby drunken monks. They wear sandals and a brilliant red habit and hat. They can turn into cats at will.
Disposition: They are a pain in the ass to have around. They dwell in human houses where they pinch people (where I do not know), steal clothes, knock over wine glasses, dance on people’s chests when they sleep, and make a huge mess. They are even known to cut off little girls’ braids.
Apparently, they have an obsessive compulsive streak. If you leave out a sieve for them, they will spend hours counting each and every hole. They are poor at math and this task will take hours - a great way to get one out of your hair for a while.
The Monaciello are known to guard a massive treasure. If you can steal their hat, you can ransom it back to the chubby little guy for part of the treasure. It can’t live without its hat.