Hidden Dark secret Behind Poveglia Island’s Abandonment: Come Experience a Ghost Adventure

Hidden Dark secret Behind Poveglia Island’s Abandonment: Come Experience a Ghost Adventure

Between Venice and Lido in the South Lagoon sits the Italian small island of Poveglia, which for centuries has been recognized as the house of refugee, stronghold, and place of exile. Besides, the island also served as a dumping ground of the diseases, deceased and dying.


In 421, the island was the first to welcome population fleeing from the barbaric invaders who were ravaging the mainland.

The relatively small size of the island made it defendable and not worth the trouble for the invading armies. For several centuries this small community lived in peace and avoided the laws and taxes of the mainland; their population dwindled and by the 4th century, the island was once again abandoned.

The Bubonic Plague spread across Venice in 1348, made Poveglia, like most other small islands, a quarantine colony. One out of three Europeans died in the plague, fearing the unbridled spread of disease, Venice exiled most of the citizens to the island, especially those who bore any symptoms of the disease, which the modern scholars consider as a death sentence.

The dead and the people who were sick of protesting against an action were burned on pyres, which can be found at the centre of the island, which included thousands of Venetians dying on the mainland.

The pyres were set to fire again in 1630 with the sweeping of Black Death through the city. The military campaign of Napoleon relied completely on the ghostly legends and defendable positions in protecting the stores of weapons and gunpowder.

Poveglia Island in the 1800s became a new home to the mentally disturbed people. The poorly constructed asylum was a place of exile rather than a centre for rehabilitation. In the 1930s, rumours began to spread about a doctor who performed strange experiments on his patients.

Treatments in Asylum:

According to him, lobotomies were the only best treatments for the mentally ill, though the processes adopted were outrageous and painful. Some say he used chisels and hammers for drilling without anesthesia on the patients.

He had some particular patients whom he considered unique and took them to the bell tower of the asylum for performing some of his darkest experiments. People say that they hear the screams of the poor and tortured souls.

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People say the doctor eventually became psychic and committed suicide from the tallest tower of the asylum. Although the tower bell was removed several decades ago, locals claim to hear the chimes echo from the lonely island.

By the middle of the 20th century, the same structure was converted into a geriatric centre, which did not run long and was closed by 1975. Presently, the entire island remains abandoned, the government from visiting prohibits the locals and tourists and anglers steer clear form the accused places.

However, in the recent years, Italian construction crews attempted in restoring the former hospital building, but stopped abruptly without any explanation, leaving the locals for speculating that construction firm drove away due to the rule of the dark forces on the island.

Ghost Adventures Investigation:

The people from the Ghost Adventures investigated what haunting the island and found one million dead bodies that were burned in giant pyres, making it one of the prime reasons why the bones of the dead were found to continue to wash the shore.

They telecasted their findings on their show, stranded themselves for a full 24 hours and claimed the island full of perceived curses, creepy music, apparitions, weird energy, unexplained malfunctions in equipment and off the charts and ghosts monitors.

They even involved themselves in risky activities such as a plan Chet with the ghosts in their best Italian accent and enquired whether the ghosts to be murderers. They even reported to have seemed to hear their answers in weird voices including mysterious bangs, audible footsteps, disembodied voices, and strange orbs, all were captured into video and audio.

As with the episode of the program, people bashed their validity of the claim that the island is haunted. The crew members of Ghost Adventures reported founding the absence of boats making regular stops to the island. Legally, the Italian tourism board prohibits both the locals and tourists from visiting the island, however, if people love to set their trembling feet on the human ash-covered land, they need to undergo lengthy legal proceedings, obtaining prior approval.

Although Italians for long have been keeping Poveglia Island at the bottom of their tourist attractions’ list, yet curious ghost chasers successfully, find their ways onto the forbidden shores having confusing experiences about their encounters with the undead.


When it comes to the island’s spirits, it seems that people always find exactly what they are looking for. In the end, no one can say that the island is haunted; however, people who have visited the place report the place to one of the scariest in Italy

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