World’s most haunted island near Venice, Italy – where you’d be sent to quarantine during the plague


IF you think self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic is grim, take a look inside ‘the world’s most haunted island’ – where people were sent to isolate during the plague.

Poveglia Island, off the coast of Venice and Lido, Italy, is nicknamed the ‘Island of Ghosts’ due to its grizzly past.

Poveglia Island, off the coast of Venice and Lido, Italy, is nicknamed the 'Island of Ghosts' due to its grizzly past

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Poveglia Island, off the coast of Venice and Lido, Italy, is nicknamed the ‘Island of Ghosts’ due to its grizzly pastCredit: Caters News Agency

People were dragged kicking and screaming to the island if they showed even the slightest symptoms of the Black Death, according to local tales.

The 18-acre plot was also used as a mass burial ground, where some 160,000 victims are thought to have been burned to stop the spread of the disease.

It has been said that even to this day, human ash from these cremations make up more than 50 per cent of the island’s soil.

British urban explorers Matt Nadin, 40, and Andy Thompson, 54, recently filmed themselves visiting areas of the island that have been left untouched for decades.

British urban explorers Matt Nadin, 40, and Andy Thompson, 54, recently filmed themselves visiting areas of the island that have been left untouched for decades

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British urban explorers Matt Nadin, 40, and Andy Thompson, 54, recently filmed themselves visiting areas of the island that have been left untouched for decadesCredit: Caters News Agency
Matt, a salesman from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, posted the footage to his You Tube channel, Finders Beepers History Seekers

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Matt, a salesman from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, posted the footage to his You Tube channel, Finders Beepers History SeekersCredit: Caters News Agency
It has been suggested that these large containers may have been used to burn bodies

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It has been suggested that these large containers may have been used to burn bodiesCredit: Caters News Agency

The video shows a former psychiatric hospital where gruesome experiments, including lobotomies, were alleged to have taken place in the 1920s.

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A crazed doctor at the hospital eventually committed suicide by throwing himself from the bell tower.

The footage also shows the rotting abandoned buildings, a mass burial ground and items, including old beds and baths.

There were also several large containers that, it has been suggested, may have been used to burn bodies.

People were sent to the island to quarantine during plague

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People were sent to the island to quarantine during plague Credit: Caters News Agency
The 18-acre plot was also used as a mass burial ground, where some 160,000 victims are thought to have been burned to stop the spread of the disease

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The 18-acre plot was also used as a mass burial ground, where some 160,000 victims are thought to have been burned to stop the spread of the diseaseCredit: Caters News Agency
A crazed doctor at the hospital eventually committed suicide by throwing himself from the bell tower

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A crazed doctor at the hospital eventually committed suicide by throwing himself from the bell towerCredit: Caters News Agency
The video shows a former psychiatric hospital where gruesome experiments, including lobotomies, were alleged to have taken place in the 1920s

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The video shows a former psychiatric hospital where gruesome experiments, including lobotomies, were alleged to have taken place in the 1920sCredit: Caters News Agency
It has been said that even to this day, human ash from cremations make up more than 50 per cent of the island's soil

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It has been said that even to this day, human ash from cremations make up more than 50 per cent of the island’s soil Credit: Caters News Agency

Matt, a salesman from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, posted the footage to his You Tube channel, Finders Beepers History Seekers, where he can often be found exploring abandoned and historic places of interest with Andy.

He said: “It was really, really eerie.

“You could tell even the taxi driver was scared, not just of the police but of the place itself, he couldn’t get away quick enough.

“The island is so full of dark, dark history, a hell of a lot of people died there and you really get a sense of the horrors that took place there while you’re walking around.

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“They burnt all the bodies and left them where they lay. The island has never really been cleared properly or anything so everything has just been left.

The whole island has been left to rot for decades

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The whole island has been left to rot for decades Credit: Caters News Agency
According to Matt, he could tell from the tiles and the archways in the property that it would have been a beautiful building originally

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According to Matt, he could tell from the tiles and the archways in the property that it would have been a beautiful building originally Credit: Caters News Agency
When the pair were exploring, the bell in the tower rang out

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When the pair were exploring, the bell in the tower rang out Credit: Caters News Agency
Matt said of the island that: "You could see that hardly anyone had set foot there for years because there is no graffiti or anything it's all just natural decay."

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Matt said of the island that: “You could see that hardly anyone had set foot there for years because there is no graffiti or anything it’s all just natural decay.” Credit: Caters News Agency

“Later on, when it was turned into an asylum, and because people were shoved there out of the way of prying eyes, they started to do experiments on them, horrible, horrible stuff.

“Whilst we were there, we heard the bell toll and that was quite spooky, that did actually freak me out a little bit. It was like an omen or something.

“The whole place was just really weird and eerie although you could tell from the tiles and the archways it would have been a beautiful building originally.

“You could see that hardly anyone had set foot there for years because there is no graffiti or anything it’s all just natural decay.

“Nature has really taken over and it was really typical of a horror movie with all the vines and creepers.

“Definitely an experience I won’t forget in a hurry.”





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