I am Janine Pendleton, and I am an explorer of the lost and forgotten world. I travel the world in search of amazing abandoned locations and photograph them to share with the world. There is so much beauty in these once-inhabited places which now lay overgrown and covered in dust.

In the summer of 2018, I embarked on a great Italian road trip. I live in England, where wet and dreary weather is a staple. The idea of spending the summer in northern Italy is the stuff of dreams to me. So I embarked on an epic road trip seeking sunshine and beautiful, elegant ruins.

I spent 10 days in Italy as part of a road trip that also included southern France as well as Belgium. I explored 37 amazing abandoned Italian locations. My poor camera was used and abused, capturing more than 500 photos during my trip. The road trip spanned over 2000 miles, covering the northern half of Italy. I zigzagged across northern Italy, scouring the countryside and cities for decayed beauty. My goal was to hit as many points on my route map as possible.

I explored numerous wonderful Italian villas, covering the entire range from crumbling ruins to pristine time capsules. I got my fill of industrial locations, filled with rusty machinery. I also explored the somber corridors of several “Manicomio”: Italian asylums which are relics of outdated attitudes to mental health treatment. I also explored churches, tramway stations, hotels, theatres, sanatoriums, and schools.

One of the most memorable explorations took place in the lonely corridors of an abandoned asylum. The sun was rapidly setting, and my exploration was a race against time as the light faded away. You can read that Bored Panda article by clicking here.

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Dense Overgrowth Shrouds This Greenhouse, The Wrought Ironwork Rusted Brown As Years Pass

Dense Overgrowth Shrouds This Greenhouse, The Wrought Ironwork Rusted Brown As Years Pass

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Spaghetti
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2 months ago

It's actually beautiful...

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This Baroque And Classical Revival Style Villa Is Painted A Wonderful Light Minty Green

This Baroque And Classical Revival Style Villa Is Painted A Wonderful Light Minty Green

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Soft Afternoon Light Streams Through The Window, Inside An Abandoned Italian Mansion

Soft Afternoon Light Streams Through The Window, Inside An Abandoned Italian Mansion

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Josh Vega
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2 months ago

Looks relaxing

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This Abandoned Italian Convent Dates Back To The 1600s

This Abandoned Italian Convent Dates Back To The 1600s

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#5

The 17th Century Villa Features A Grand Lavishly Decorated Entrance Hall

The 17th Century Villa Features A Grand Lavishly Decorated Entrance Hall

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Algae Clings To Crumbling Plaster In This Decaying Italian Villa, Which Overlooks A Picturesque Lake

Algae Clings To Crumbling Plaster In This Decaying Italian Villa, Which Overlooks A Picturesque Lake

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ojjunior
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2 months ago

Damm. How much history could this building have seen? Why did someone let this decay? I simply do not understand.

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An Opulent Art Nouveau Theatre In Northern Italy

An Opulent Art Nouveau Theatre In Northern Italy

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Luca Giordano
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2 months ago

beautiful theatre but not Art Nouveau (that is more like Jugendstil) I think this is Empire? but i'm not sure.

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A Turquoise-Tiled Clinic Inside A Derelict Asylum. This Was A Part Of The Maternity And Gynaecology Area

A Turquoise-Tiled Clinic Inside A Derelict Asylum. This Was A Part Of The Maternity And Gynaecology Area

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#9

This Indoor Garden Has An Interesting Oriental Theme. There Are The Remains Of A Rockery And A Spiral-Armed Water Feature In The Foreground Of The Photo

This Indoor Garden Has An Interesting Oriental Theme. There Are The Remains Of A Rockery And A Spiral-Armed Water Feature In The Foreground Of The Photo

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#10

The Spiral Staircase Inside This Abandoned House Is Quite Unusual. It Has A Red Velvet-Covered Handrail, The Metal Work Depicts Dogs Running

The Spiral Staircase Inside This Abandoned House Is Quite Unusual. It Has A Red Velvet-Covered Handrail, The Metal Work Depicts Dogs Running

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Judy Kolbe
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2 months ago

Love it!

#11

Stunning Natural Decay Inside A Crumbling Convent

Stunning Natural Decay Inside A Crumbling Convent

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#12

This Beautiful Blue Funicular Tramway Has Been Abandoned Since The Late 1970's

This Beautiful Blue Funicular Tramway Has Been Abandoned Since The Late 1970's

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Judy Kolbe
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2 months ago

I hope the brakes hold!!!

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This Stunning Chapel Has Been Abandoned Since The Late 2000s

This Stunning Chapel Has Been Abandoned Since The Late 2000s

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#14

This Walkway Leads To The Control Room Of An Abandoned Power Plant

This Walkway Leads To The Control Room Of An Abandoned Power Plant

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Xenon
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2 months ago

Which one? I would like to see the control room.

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A Sapling Grows In The Bathroom Of An Old Sanatorium In The Italian Mountains

A Sapling Grows In The Bathroom Of An Old Sanatorium In The Italian Mountains

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Guardian54
Community Member
2 months ago

weird

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A Lonely Baby Cot, Inside A Maternity Ward Of A Former Asylum

A Lonely Baby Cot, Inside A Maternity Ward Of A Former Asylum

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Tanja Sclanders
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2 months ago

Looks like paper aeroplanes on the wall, just waiting to fly away ....

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A Dark And Foreboding Corridor Of A Decaying Mental Asylum

A Dark And Foreboding Corridor Of A Decaying Mental Asylum

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Laura Kelly
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2 months ago

Hauntingly beautiful, sad and mysterious.

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This Chapel, Along With The Rest Of This Sanatorium, Were Owned By A Religious Group Which Was One Of The “Sacred Families” (La Sacra Famiglia)

This Chapel, Along With The Rest Of This Sanatorium, Were Owned By A Religious Group Which Was One Of The “Sacred Families” (La Sacra Famiglia)

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This Cobweb Covered Bedroom Features Wonderful Soft Pink/Peach Colours. These Were Accentuated By The Late Afternoon Sun Shining Through The Open Window

This Cobweb Covered Bedroom Features Wonderful Soft Pink/Peach Colours. These Were Accentuated By The Late Afternoon Sun Shining Through The Open Window

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Interesting Corridor In Abandoned Hydro Power Plant

Interesting Corridor In Abandoned Hydro Power Plant

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Beautiful Frescos Decorate The Walls And Ceilings Of This Abandoned Villa. The Roof And Upper Floors Have Collapsed

Beautiful Frescos Decorate The Walls And Ceilings Of This Abandoned Villa. The Roof And Upper Floors Have Collapsed

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Italian Mental Asylums, Such As This One, Closed In The Late 20th Century. They Endure As A Painful Reminder Of A Time Where Mental Health Was Poorly Understood, And Patients Were Housed In These Archaic Institutions

Italian Mental Asylums, Such As This One, Closed In The Late 20th Century. They Endure As A Painful Reminder Of A Time Where Mental Health Was Poorly Understood, And Patients Were Housed In These Archaic Institutions

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#23

As The Sun Set, Spectacular Light Rays Flood This Bright Abandoned Room Of An Artist's House

As The Sun Set, Spectacular Light Rays Flood This Bright Abandoned Room Of An Artist's House

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#24

Delicate Pink Paint Peels From The Ceiling Above This Abandoned Staircase

Delicate Pink Paint Peels From The Ceiling Above This Abandoned Staircase

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#25

This Villa Was Built In The 19th Century. It Was Once The Residence Of A Local Businessman, The Owner Of A Large Cement Works

This Villa Was Built In The 19th Century. It Was Once The Residence Of A Local Businessman, The Owner Of A Large Cement Works

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This Five-Star Hotel Has Been Abandoned For Nearly Two Decades. This Ballroom Must Have Once Hosted Amazing Parties

This Five-Star Hotel Has Been Abandoned For Nearly Two Decades. This Ballroom Must Have Once Hosted Amazing Parties

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This Bedroom Is In One Of The More Modern Italian Villas Which I Visited

This Bedroom Is In One Of The More Modern Italian Villas Which I Visited

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A Shell-Like Decoration Fans Out From The Top Of The Staircase Inside This Derelict House

A Shell-Like Decoration Fans Out From The Top Of The Staircase Inside This Derelict House

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A Children's Dormitory Inside An Abandoned Sanatorium. In The Years Before Antibiotics, Sunlight And Fresh Air Was Used To Treat Patients With Many Respiratory Diseases Including Tuberculosis.

A Children's Dormitory Inside An Abandoned Sanatorium. In The Years Before Antibiotics, Sunlight And Fresh Air Was Used To Treat Patients With Many Respiratory Diseases Including Tuberculosis.

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#30

This House Was Once Home To A Football Coach, Trophies And Memorabilia Decorate This Cozy House

This House Was Once Home To A Football Coach, Trophies And Memorabilia Decorate This Cozy House

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Luca Giordano
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2 months ago

extraordinary ceiling decoration!

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Vegetation Creeps Up Walls And Across The Floor Inside This Abandoned Hydro Power Plant

Vegetation Creeps Up Walls And Across The Floor Inside This Abandoned Hydro Power Plant

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A Dark And Musty Music Classroom Inside A Long Closed College

A Dark And Musty Music Classroom Inside A Long Closed College

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