It seems that whenever many people lose their lives tragically in a specific location, the ghost stories are never far behind. You have your houses, hotels, hospitals, amusement parks, and even islands. All frequent settings for tragedy and the acompanying paranormal activity. Now if the idea of owning a haunted property (specifically an island) is something that piques your interest, you’re in luck! Thanks to Italy’s massive debt problems, several state owned properties are going up for auction. One of these is a tiny Venetian island of Poveglia.
During the late 1700’s, the island was used as a check point station for merchants and travelers trying to enter Venice. The island was put under a “temporary confinement” when it was learned that there were several cases of the plague on two ships. Several years later, the island was deemed a permanent quarantine. It remained so until 1814. It was again used as a quarantine island in the early 1900’s. In 1922 hospitals were built and used for the mentally-ill and the invalid. As it seems to be the case with all old asylum stories, there was a doctor who knew how to “cure insanity”. The means by which he would accomplish this would be considered torture today.
In 1968 the hospital was closed and the island ultimately abandoned…except for the souls of the plague victims and some unlucky patients.
With a history like this, how could ghost hunters stay away? They didn’t.
So if you have a few million euro and would like to own an island to get possessed on, by all means get your bid in now. The auction closes on May 6th (note: website is in Italian)