I traveled to northern Italy in the summer of 2018. A summer road trip filled with awesome memories. I zig-zagged across the country, following our map chaotically littered with pins. Each pin highlighted an abandoned place.

I arrived at one pin late in the afternoon, perhaps a little too late. I was too excited to wait, so I crawled in through to a tiny opening as soon as we saw it.

I was standing at the entrance of an old Italian insane asylum. These relics are from a darker time where mental health was poorly understood. The patients were called "mentecatti", a derogatory term equating to "half-wit" or "imbecile". They were locked up in these rural hospitals called "manicomio", which translates as "madhouse". Out of sight, and out of mind.

I was not alone though, I had two friends with me. As the daylight was beginning to fade, we all split up and began shooting.

Time was of the essence! The asylum was a maze of corridors and had several floors. I searched frantically to find all the important locations; the examination room, record office, the body slab, and so on.

I traveled the halls and corridors alone checking every room and corner. Constantly aware of the darkness encroaching.

We re-convened at the entry point, just as the last of the light faded.

More info: obsidianurbexphotography.com

#1

Administration Office

Administration Office

Report

PeachPossum
Community Member
1 month ago

Would hate to think those papers on the floor are the medical records of the patients.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Long Dark Corridor

Long Dark Corridor

Report

Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 month ago

Before electricity??

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Another Long Corridor

Another Long Corridor

Report

Jeff Requier
Community Member
1 month ago

Hospitals have a lot of corridors, this one is all windows

#4

Wrought-Iron Stairs

Wrought-Iron Stairs

Report

TUBLOVER3
Community Member
1 month ago

I'll bet the building itself was beautiful when first finished.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#5

Corridor With Peeling Paint

Corridor With Peeling Paint

Report

IT'S THE SWEET ONE
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This is beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Thank you for showing us your amazing photographs!

#6

Examination Room

Examination Room

Report

Evil Little Thing
Community Member
1 month ago

That's actually not an examination room, but a surgical suite. See how the doors swing so that people scrubbed in can bump them open? And the two bell jars on the right were used to create a vacuum for suctioning up leaky blood. The operating table is adjustable and has armrests. The cart to the left looks like an anesthesia rig, but I don't think they had isofluorane then, so it might be a machine for electroconvulsive therapy. Yeah, I bet that was for shock treatment!

View more comments
#7

Beautiful Stairs

Beautiful Stairs

Report

#8

Gymnasium With Equipment

Gymnasium With Equipment

Report

Karen Da Manager
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like a warehouse

View more comments
#9

Long Corridor With Nature Taking Over

Long Corridor With Nature Taking Over

Report

TUBLOVER3
Community Member
1 month ago

Gorgeous ceilings ! Those arches !

View More Replies...
View more comments
#10

The Body Slab

The Body Slab

Report

Community Member
1 month ago

Apparently, this is an "inversion table" for treating back pain. Or, it could be a body slab....will we ever truly know!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Dentists Room

Dentists Room

Report

Karen Da Manager
Community Member
1 month ago

Creepy

View more comments
See Also on Bored Panda
#12

Chapel

Chapel

Report

Karen Da Manager
Community Member
1 month ago

This isn’t scary, it’s lovely

View More Replies...
View more comments
#13

Entrance Hall

Entrance Hall

Report

Jessica Temple
Community Member
1 month ago

This building is fantastic. oh but if the walls could talk...

View More Replies...
View more comments
#14

Dentist Office With Equipmen

Dentist Office With Equipmen

Report