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Poveglia, the island of evil in Venice: history, where it is and how to get there

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Martí Micolau
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Since ancient times the stories of spirits and ghosts they have aroused the curiosity of many cultures. Many stories tell of historical figures involved in these events: queens, politicians, writers and gangsters. The myth is often fueled by their premature end or a mysterious and violent death. The concept of a ghost is based on the ancient idea that a person's spirit exists separately from his body, and can continue to exist after physical death.

Ghosts don't exist, everyone knows. But I don't like the fact that we too, during the writing of this piece, have repeatedly heard a disembodied voice that orders us: "write about everything, but forget the cursed island of Poveglia."



Index

  1. Between history and legend ...
  2. The psychiatric hospital of Poveglia: the scariest asylum in Italy
  3. A haunted island?
  4. How to visit the island of Poveglia in the Venice Lagoon
  5. User questions and comments

Between history and legend ...

The small one Italian island of Poveglia is situated south of Venice, and for centuries it has been a refuge, a place of exile and a landfill for the dying or deceased.
Its story begins in 421, when Poveglia welcomed its first inhabitants - men, women and children who fled from the barbarian invaders who had devastated the continent. For many centuries this small community lived in peace and avoided the laws and taxes of the continent.
However, over the years, their population declined and subsequently the island was abandoned.
Le legends and rumors about Poveglia they are as pervasive as the weeds that surround it.
What is told is how a story of horror. Thousands of people were burned and buried in this place following the Black Death.
For this reason it is rumored that the soil is made up of 50% human ashes. Local fishermen also feed the macabre myth of Poveglia, staying away from the island for fear of finding the bones of their ancestors in the waters.



The psychiatric hospital of Poveglia: the scariest asylum in Italy


At the end of the 1800s the area became the seat of the psychiatric hospital for the mentally ill. In fact, this structure was used as place of exilerather than rehabilitation. Legend has it in 1930 a doctor used to perform in this facility strange experiments on patients. Following a macabre experiment, the doctor went mad and threw himself from the tower of the asylum. Locals still claim to hear its chimes echoing in the lonely island, even though the tower's bell was removed a decade ago.

In recent years, a team of Italian workers has attempted to restore the former hospital, but suddenly the works stopped without explanation. The workers had been chased away by the dark forces of the island.

A haunted island?


In 1922 the island became the seat of a psychiatric hospital complete with a large and very impressive bell tower. Patients of this hospital immediately they began to report the vision of ghosts. They were the victims of the plague who made their appearance and who lamented their suffering spirits at night. However, the patients were not listened to by the hospital staff, because they were considered insane and their complaints remained ignored for years.
Today Poveglia is considered one of the scariest places in the world.

even the Ghost Adventures television program, who deals with the paranormal, wondered if Poveglia was a haunted island. For this reason they shot an episode of the series there. Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin and Nick Groff interviewed the locals to discover the peculiarities of this haunted island. They later had paranormal experts analyzed their experiments. Result: Poveglia is an island of death.



How to visit the island of Poveglia in the Venice Lagoon


Today Poveglia is uninhabited and tourism on the island is almost non-existent. Maybe because every now and then the waves lapping the shore discover charred human bones. L'only way to visit the island è rent a private boat (they rent several for 70 euros), climb over the fence and enter the terrible Poveglia. This visit is strongly discouraged for the faint of heart. Several psychics visited the island and its abandoned hospital, but all returned in awe of the sensations they had felt there.
Occasionally reckless police patrols explore the island, but everyone who has set foot in Poveglia has refused to return, saying that the evil atmosphere reigns over the cursed island of Poveglia.

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