There’s little to do now but wait, although for what we are not sure. The masks are intrinsically linked to this area as the plague’s toll was so huge on the local populace it spelled the downfall of the Republic of Venice. During the first centuries of the last millennium, Poveglia was a thriving and populated island, just as Murano or Torcello. Terracotta roofs of buildings have collapsed, in part bringing old reed and mud style plaster ceilings crashing to the tiled and stone slab floors. The island first appears in historical records in 421 and was populated.

It’s death and ghosts and doctors wearing Medico Della Peste masks; those distinctive scary white masks with the long hook beaks you see in carnivals now but which were used as a misguided form of protection by physicians in the 17th century to deal with plague victims. The island remains one of the most haunted places in Italy; and despite the fact that it is illegal to visit Poveglia, thrill-seekers continue to consider it a cool, albeit creepy destination; however, everyone who has taken the chance of stepping foot on the island has left with absolutely no desire to ever return. Anyone could thereby be identified as mentally ill and locked up. Patients were also subjected to tortures, sometimes to the death. Poveglia is a cursed and mysterious island. Somehow, the mental hospital remained open until 1968. Its grounds are said to hide the remains of more than 100,000 bodies, overgrown blackberry bushes now hiding mounds that were once humans. The entire island is in an advanced state of decay, man’s achievements and or his failures being allowed to be consumed by nature in all its forms.

Walking over to our table, the big man nods upwards in our direction as he takes a seat, lights up a cigarette and draws deeply through gritted yellow-stained teeth. Required fields are marked *, I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy. This means that, while the effort is bigger, we can surely boast our independent and free editorial line.

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“I know them all Paolo, Marco, Giorgio. The hospital was shut in 1968 and the island was abandoned and has been sealed off to the public by government authorities to this day. Picture: Ella PellegriniSource:Supplied. All rights reserved.

The isolation and privacy offered by the island also allowed for disreputable scientists and doctors to do as they pleased to their patients. Obviously, during the years, the island lured many curious and paranormal researchers.

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A stout, balding, no nonsense sort of fellow, the local cold meats delivery man gave no hint of drama or exaggeration in a Venice bar where word had spread two Australian journalists planned to spend the night on the infamous Poveglia Island. Your email address will not be published. Poveglia Island © Tejiendo el mundo Nowadays, without the official authorization of the municipality, it is forbidden to step foot on the island and the offenders will be charged with criminal offences. Ask An Italian: Why Does Coronavirus Spread More In Northern Italy? The procedures were heinously wicked, and painful, too.

In 1922 the 18-acre site became an asylum for the mentally ill and it was during this period experiments including lobotomies were said to have been performed. Picture: Ella PellegriniSource:Supplied. It is important to remember that, in the past, any uncommon way of thinking and behavior different from the socio-cultural norms of the time, was considered mental disorders. “He is right,” he says, over one shoulder before he turns back around to slug his distinctive orange Aperol Spritz aperitif. Picture: Ella PellegriniSource:Supplied, Now in the dark, with only the torch and mobile phone to illuminate a ring of light around me.

The bell tower ... where a mad doctor conducted tortures on patients inside. According to the story, the doctor began to suffer his own mental torture and was pursued by the island's multitude of ghosts. Picture: Ella PellegriniSource:Supplied. Stuck in time ... the kitchen still covered in asbestos on the haunted Poveglia Island. Half of the Venetian population caught the disease and no one survived. However, with the outbreak of the war of Chioggia in 1378 – the fourth and last conflict between Genoa and Venice – its inhabitants were moved to the island of Giudecca. For instance, he believed that lobotomies were a great way to treat and cure mental illness, so he performed lobotomies on numerous patients, usually against their will. Picture: Ella PellegriniSource:Supplied.

Empty corridors ... on Poveglia Island, Venice. However, Poveglia’s darkest moments date back to the more recent years when, due to the 1700 Black Death, the island became a lazaretto, an open-air cemetery, where quarantined people — even those with the slightest signs of sickness — were sent to die. In 810 A.D, after the war in the northeast of Italy and Venice won the battle, the warriors were transported to Poveglia. That’s why we kindly ask you to consider giving us your important contribution, which will help us make this project grow — and in the right direction. According to a local legend, the patients of Poveglia’s asylum reported that they saw strange shadows — probably belonging to the ghosts of the plague victims — and that they could not sleep at night because of the wails of the suffering spirits.

Karma eventually caught up with the wicked doctor.

Mobile phone reception on the island is intermittent but after a while the annoying turning wheel that tells me the phone is thinking about helping stops, and Google tells me the message roughly warns “do not dig there are contagious bodies here”. Stories persist however, as have the sightings of spectres and hauntings and hearings of moaning from a time past that has now earned its reputation as one of the world’s most haunted islands.

Start typing to see results or hit ESC to close. Some say he may have actually been pushed, either by an angry island spirit or by some of his furious patients. “And you want to go there, so you tell me who is the crazy one?”. Left to rot ... remains of the quarantine station for goods, a confinement station for plague sufferers, a mental asylum on Poveglia Island. Lizards and millipedes also abound and the rustling surely could be them.

The procedure was hideously wicked and painful, as the doctor used hammers, chisels and drills without anesthesia or any concern for sanitation. A small canal divides the island into two separate parts, giving it a unique shape of beauty. This is why Italics Magazine is quickly becoming a reference for foreign readers, professionals, expats and press interested in covering Italian issues thoroughly, appealing to diverse schools of thought. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. About Poveglia, the spooky island off the coast of Venice. news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site. Old wooden shutters fall off ancient hinges as ivy with stems or trunks the size of a man’s forearm snake their way into rooms. There is something here, but what it is, is not clear. The only aim of the new use of the island was to isolate these people, and separate them from society. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. During the Roman Era, it was used to isolate plague victims from the general population. The pungency of the site, buried and or burnt bodies or not, is overbearing and makes breathing difficult. Yet, tourists use private boats or water taxis to visit this mysterious and spooky island off the Venetian coast for a couple of hours. Poveglia is a cursed and mysterious island. Your Name On A Grave: The Darkest Side Of Abortion, Hidden From Sight: Italian Towns Underwater — Part 2, Empty Italy: Monteruga Di Salento Affirms The Reason We Leave, Love And Coronavirus: Three Italian Couples Respond, 24 Hours Of Reality: Climate Change Leader Paola Fiore, Italians Of The Bay Area: Lorenza Graziosi, According to some historical reconstructions, The Fiume Question: A Curtain Raiser To Fascism. No ghosts seen or heard but terror enough to etch on minds-eye an image of times past. We had earlier seen the remains of three large gulls torn apart and in various states of rot so perhaps a wild dog or some such is on Poveglia. Italics Magazine was born less than two years ago in Rome, from the idea of two friends who believed that Italy was lacking a complete, in-depth, across-the-board source of information in English. Inside the station ... stairs in the kitchen area on Poveglia Island. When in 1793 two ships entering the area were found to have been carrying plague sufferers, the island became a confinement station. Now everyone says the same thing about the island.

Other plague sufferers were forced to the island to die, shipped over in some instances with the bodies of tens of thousands who had already succumb to the inevitable and were now to be burnt and buried on the island in pits. It is suffocating in parts, asbestos sheeting smashed in one room’s huge industrial kitchen, still littered with ovens and giant mixing vats and pots, an alarming find.

Nevertheless, the few who decided to tempt fate never wanted to go back because of the spooky atmosphere that reigns on Poveglia, also named the Island of No Return.

Vacant ... the laundry in the mental asylum with old washing machines.

Your email address will not be published. Even today, strata of bones could be found beneath the surface, which is made up of 60% of human ashes. Supposedly a nurse witnessed his fall, claiming that he initially survived, but that a ghostly mist overcame his body and choked him to death. Poveglia, a small island located just off the coast of northern Italy between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, is said to be the most haunted island on earth or even the most haunted place in this world. Poveglia Island still happens to be home to thriving grape vineyards. However, the arrival of droves of mentally disturbed patients to the island only served to enrich the legend of it being a place to avoid.

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From that moment the island remained desert for three hundred years. No ghosts seen yet ... the rooms in the mental asylum dormitory.

Perhaps we are not alone after all.