Once a dumping ground for victims of the plague and the former site of a mental hospital, this Italian island is said to be haunted by tens of thousands of tormented spirits. And now it could be yours.
Poveglia is a seven hectare uninhabited island off the coast of Italy and it’s being put up for sale by the Italian government to help reduce national debt. Now littered with abandoned buildings and overrun with weeds, the island has always been the site of controversy.
The Genoese and Venetians fought over the island in the 14th century and victims of the plague were sent there to die. It is said about 160,000 bodies were dumped on the island when the Bubonic plague hit Italy and that thousands of tortured spirits haunt its shores.
In 1922 the island became home to a mental hospital with reports that the deranged doctor experimented on patients with lobotomies using hand drills, chisels and hammers. He later threw himself off the bell tower claiming to be driven mad by ghosts of his victims.
With a past so sinister, no tourist has been allowed to step foot on the island. But the Italian government is now hoping the site can be taken over by a luxury hotel and are offering a 99 year lease for its redevelopment.