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 abandoned places.

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 the haunted place.

I was standing at the entrance of an old Italian mental 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 on this urban exploration trip. As the daylight was beginning to fade, we all split up and began shooting.

Time was of the essence! The abandoned house 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 of this haunted house alone checking every room and corner. Taking these creepy photos, constantly aware of the darkness encroaching.

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

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Administration Office

Administration Office

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PeachPossum
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1 year ago

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

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1 year ago

I have a horrible feeling they will be. This is quite typical of abandoned hospitals. Including very recent ones :/

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 year ago

I wish I had that wall of cubbys. I love old wood!

Bryan Sansivero
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1 year ago

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Staged.

Bryan Sansivero
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1 year ago

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Obviously Staged.

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Long Dark Corridor

Long Dark Corridor

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Jeff Requier
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1 year ago

Before electricity??

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Another Long Corridor

Another Long Corridor

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Jeff Requier
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1 year ago

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

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Wrought-Iron Stairs

Wrought-Iron Stairs

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TUBLOVER3
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1 year ago

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

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Corridor With Peeling Paint

Corridor With Peeling Paint

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IT'S THE SWEET ONE
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1 year ago

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

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Examination Room

Examination Room

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Evil Little Thing
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1 year 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!

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Beautiful Stairs

Beautiful Stairs

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Gymnasium With Equipment

Gymnasium With Equipment

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Karen Da Manager
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1 year ago

This looks like a warehouse

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Long Corridor With Nature Taking Over

Long Corridor With Nature Taking Over

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TUBLOVER3
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1 year ago

Gorgeous ceilings ! Those arches !

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The Body Slab

The Body Slab

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1 year ago

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

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Dentists Room

Dentists Room

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Karen Da Manager
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1 year ago

Creepy

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Chapel

Chapel

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Karen Da Manager
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1 year ago

This isn’t scary, it’s lovely

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Entrance Hall

Entrance Hall

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Jessica Temple
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1 year ago

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

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Dentist Office With Equipmen

Dentist Office With Equipmen

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