A random walk around the Monumental Cemetery of Milan.

The Monumental Cemetery in Milan is really an open-air museum, since 1866 to today. In this article i don’t want speak about history, because you can safely write on google “monumental cemetery of Milan”, and read all the articles and histories you want, even if it is almost impossible not to yawn. For this reason i want speak only about some stories and some people who rest here. It easy understand that the Ambrosian Pantheon, starting from the Famedio (the main entrance of the cemetery), it’s not only a mortuary,…

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The Spectral Institute Luraschi: the Abandoned mountain Colony of Varese.

The Luraschi Institute was a former mountain colony INAM (National Institute for Health Insurance), which became the National Health Service in 1977. The structure was built in 1932, closed its doors around the end of the 1970s, and since then it has remained in the state of conservation of that period, abandoned and never open again. The colony was a place where children spended the summer months educated by nuns, but information about this institute is really poor on the web. It was also a sanatorium for children who had…

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The Astronomical Clock of Prague: with 600 years of activity it’s the oldest still functioning.

The Astronomical Clock in Prague Old Town is an amazing example of ingenuity and medieval art. It is one of the main attractions of the city, and every day count hundreds of tourists. Behind this place there are some legends, and like every legend have always spread, and it’s not so important if are true or false, and if you want believe or not, it’s only your choice! The Old Town Astronomical Clock has been often exciting emotions in people, positive or negative, and based on them legends have came…

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Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, a wonderful medieval castle lost in France.

The Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers is a medieval castle located in the middle of a wood near the village of Les Trois-Moutiers, in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. The castle dates back to the thirteenth century, when it was the stronghold of the Bauçay family, directly dependent of the King of France. During the Middle Ages it was conquered twice by the English, and then became one of the most famous places for sumptuous parties and vast events. During the French Revolution it was sacked and abandoned, but at the…

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The terrifying Owlman who terrorizes the poor english urban explorers.

Urban exploration is an hobby, a passion, and for some people, young and not, also an obsession that is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the lot of photographs and videos shared on web and the power of social newrworks. Abandoned hospitals, schools, factories, houses, churches and theaters are the favorite sites of these adventurers, who make of the secret of discovery and mystery the way with which to became popular between the images of their explorations. Every good urban explorer knows that is possible visit places where they are tramps…

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Burg Eltz: A great medieval castle owned by the same family for over 800 Years.

The burg Eltz is a majestic castle located on the top of a rock within a small wooded valley in western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Probably for luck or strategy, we don’t know the reasons, the castle has been mostly spared from the ravages of war, in fact it is also famous for being one of the few German castles on the left side of the Rhine river to have been left unscathed over the centuries. Probably one of the reason is that the Elzbach River, a tributary on the…

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Why do you need television when you are already in world of fairy tales?…

Have you present the famous german fairy-tale “Hansel and Gretel”, recorded by the Grimm brothers? What happened after they have grown up? This time we tell the story of two brothers, as like Hansel and Gretel, but that lived in a small town near Padova. The very first thought that comes to your mind after you are enter in this house, is that you got into some kind of strange museum. Trees and weed which are growing spontaneously and rigorous are also part of this singular tune world. Everything here…

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Burg Hohenzollern, one of the most visited castles in Germany.

Hohenzollern Castle, in German Burg Hohenzollern, is the ancestral abode of the imperial House of Hohenzollern. Swabian counts and princes, the kings of Prussia and even the German emperors have their roots here at Hohenzollern Castle in the heart of Baden-Württemberg between Lake Constance, the Black Forest and Stuttgart. The proud fortress on conical mount Zoller offers majestic panoramic views over more than 100 kilometres which already prompted Emperor William II to say: “The views from Hohenzollern Castle are truly worth the journey”. The first fortress on the mountain was…

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A small trip down the three towers of San Marino, Guaita, Cesta and Montale.

This time we speak about the Three Towers of San Marino a group of towers, located on the three peaks of Monte Titano and depicted on both the national flag and coat of arms. The first Tower, the Guaita, is the first Tower built in San Marino and the most famous, and dates back to the 11th century. Over the years it was enlarged and rebuilt numerous times, and achieved utmost splendour in the XV century during the war that San Marino fought and win against the Malatesta Family from…

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The Villa of the one hundred windows, a beautiful abandoned Baroque jewel.

In the mid-thirties, one art scholar defined with this words this beautiful villa: ‘Beautiful, placed on the hills in magnificent location, large, surrounded by large gardens, grandiose, with a beautiful porch to the city and a large central hall that occupies the whole height of the building, executed on an elegant baroque design, harmonious in proportions’ She hypothesized that the architect of the villa was the architect Count Francesco Ottavio Magnocavallo. In those years, in this zone, lived established architects such as Scapitta, Bernando Vittone, Benedetto Alfieri, Magnocavallo, Robilant, Vitali,…

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The Castle of Monselice, and its three different historic periods.

The majestic architectural complex of the castle of Monselice, is a collection of different buildings and three different historical periods. Between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries the castle (born as a military and defensive bulwark), has been transformed into a stately home, until it became a Venetian villa during the Renaissance period. The oldest part consists of two buildings built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The second part consists of the great tower of Ezzelino, which takes its name from its famous developer, Ezzelino III, vicar of Emperor Federico…

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Palazzo Gonzaga, one of the most famous abandoned place in the urbex Italian world.

This is a very famous abandoned place in the urbex Italian world, but almost no one has ever talked about its last inhabitant, a “granny” who died at the ripe old age of 108 years. The woman was Sicilian, and loved to spend most of her time in this palace, once belonged to the Gonzaga family. She was used to take a plane to reach her beloved home, in which she spent long periods, so as to be affectionately known by the whole little town. In occasion of her 100th…

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Peschiera’s Castle, the oldest possession in Lombardy of the Borromeo family.

The Borromeo Castle of Peschiera (Peschiera Borromeo – Milan) is the oldest possession in Lombardy of the Borromeo family, originally from San Miniato in Tuscany. The Borromeo, who were merchants and bankers, moving to Lombardy had developed their commercial and financial activities abroad, and in 1435, the Banco Filippo Borromeo & Compagni set up a branch in London to increase traffic with United Kingdom too. In 1432, Vitaliano Borromeo obtains from the Duke Filippo Maria Visconti, who had for him high esteem, the right to fortify Peschiera which, born as…

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2nd world war: the massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane.

On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed and 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. After the war, nearby was built nearby a new village, but French president Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. In February 1944, the 2nd SS Panzer Division “Das Reich” was stationed in the Southern French town of Valence-d’Agen, north of Toulouse, waiting for to be resupplied with new equipment and new troops.…

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ISO Exposition, Photogallery

Bresso 12/5/2018’ Iso was an automobile and motorcycle maker, the product of Iso Autoveicoli S.p.A of Italy. The company was predominantly active from the late 1940s through the early 1970s. Iso are known for the iconic Isetta bubble car of the 1950s, and for a number of powerful performance cars in the 1960s and early 1970s. Iso was initially named ‘Isothermos’ and manufactured refrigeration units before the Second World War. The company was founded in Genoa in 1939, but was transferred to Bresso in 1942 by Renzo Rivolta, an engineer…

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MTV, Manifattura tessile del Veneto (textile manufactory of Veneto). Bankruptcy and fire.

Just another sad story of an Italian company, closed for bankruptcy. This is the textile manufactory of Veneto (abbreviated mtv), partially destroyed in a fire in August 2015. In this small company was produced carpets, doormats, mats for cars, home textiles and resilient and wooden flooring. It was closed in July 2014, and despite the efforts of its 17 employees, bankruptcy was declared on 3 June 2015. Next to the company there is a house, also abandoned, where the owners probably lived.  

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Aquaria waterpark, just another typical italian story.

The waterpark was founded in Pinarella di Cervia in 1992, with the initiative and totally private investments. Its symbols were the large twisted slides with vivid colors, which drew a colorful skyline. In addition to slides, there were also air-conditioned swimming pools of various sizes dedicated to children of different ages, and a small natural lake with the possibility of sport fishing, canoeing, wind-surfing and jet skis. The other part of the park had instead a real sandy beach around the lake, for bronzed like on the seaside, and green…

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The natural park of the Po river, and the charm of lighthouses.

Probably we should dedicate at least a ten posts to the beautiful but still little known natural park of the Delta del Po. One of its characteristic element is the presence of two lighthouses, which rise in front of the great Delta as they were his guardians. Both are achievable only by boat. The lighthouse of Punta Maistra, known as the lighthouse of Pila too, is located at the mouth of the Busa Dritta, at the end of the “Po di Pila” and is slender and very white. This lighthouse,…

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Colonia Mater Dei-Cá Roman

There is a plaque on the wall, who tells in brief the history of the place: “This place until the 1923 was deserted and malarial. With twenty years of work, the Prof. Alberto Graziani, an hygienist of Padua, reclaimed and redeemed it transmitting the result of his fruitful work to the Sisters of Magdalene of Canossa. 1941” The Colonia “Mater Dei” is located in Pellestrina, one island of the Venice’s Lagoon, and can be reached by ferry from Chioggia or from the Lido of Venice. The island of Pellestina, until…

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Grand Hotel Et de Milan Salsomaggiore Terme, some years later.

Description Traditional Spa Hotel with fitness suite, thermal treatments, hydrotherapy, conference facilities; situated in town center. Year Built: 1900 Check in Time: 2:00 PM Check out Time: 12:00 PM Number of Floors: 4 Total Number of Rooms: 123 If you search on google this hotel, located in the city center of salsomaggiore terme, in the province of parma, you can still find this description, with the phone number, all informations and the exact address. Salsomaggiore terme is a famous touristic place, famous since 1847, and now it is only the…

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Capri, Punta Carena and its lighthouse

Capri Island have a lot of beaches, but one of the most beautiful is Punta Carena. It’s not really a beach but a bay with clear and blue waters what tossing into huge rocks. What makes this place even more attractive the lighthouse. Punta Carena Lighthouse dates back to 1867 (although it was originally constructed in 1862) and it’s the second brightest of all Italy after the Lanterna of Genoa. The lighthouse has a rotating view that emits white light flashes every 3 seconds. The focal plane is located at…

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Thurant Castle (Germany), die Burg über Alken.

“Die Burg Thurant ist ein weithin sichtbares Wahrzeichen über dem Ort Alken an der Mosel. Teils auf römischen Grundmauern errichtet, ist sie eine der ältesten Burgen des Mosellandes..” The ruins of Thurant Castle (in German Burg Thurant) stand on a wide hill spur above the small villages of Alken on the Moselle in Germany. The castle is located in the county of Mayen-Koblenz. Count Palatine Henry I the Tall from the House of Welf probably had a fortification built on the present site between 1198 and 1206 in order to…

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Grosio, the castles of Valtellina

The Castle Hill have a mix of the historical, archaeological, architectural and natural patrimony of various ages of the Valtellina. The hill is dominated by two castles. The “Castello Vecchio” (Old Castle) from the 10th-11th century and the “Castello Nuovo” (New Castle) which got constructed in the 14th century. Is interesting too, the traditional system of dry-stone terraces surrounding the hill, and unique is the “Rupe Magna”, a large rock which contains more than 5,000 engraved figures from the 4th to the 1st millennium BC. The “Castello Vecchio” (Old Castle)…

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Villa Sgaravatti. Jacopo Dondi “Dell’orologio” was living here.

Over the years, this villa was abode of to various astronomers and scientists, and here was living Jacopo Dondi too, a doctor, astronomer and clock-maker from Padua, Italy, remembered today as a pioneer in the art of clock design and construction. In fact, he is known because he built the astronomical clock overlooking on Piazza dei Signori in Padua (1344). I don’t know what is the probable date of construction of the villa, but was owned by the “Dondi dell’Orologio” and then by the Wollemborg (rich Paduan Jews of German…

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Maglificio Susy, inside the knitwear-factory abandoned since 2004.

This was a place without information. I only know that this is a former knitwear-factory located at the exit of the Boara-Rovigo Nord motorway. The company developed a turnover estimated between 1.5 and 2.5 (Ml.Euro) and had a number of employees between 20 and 50. It was closed in 2004 for an alleged failure. Author’s note: this place has been demolished in autumn 2019

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Lighthouse in Świnoujście, the highest lighthouse of the Baltic Coast.

lighthouse height: 68 m light emitted to the height of: 68m over sea level light is seen at the distance: 25miles/about 46.3km Geographic position: width 53″55’03″N length: 14″17’10″E The Swinoujscie’s Lighthouse (Poland) with its 68m is the highest lighthouse of the Baltic Coast and the fifteenth tallest “traditional lighthouse” of the world. The first lighthouse in this place was built in 1828, and the current structure is from 1857. The cross-section of the entire 1857 tower was octagonal. However, in 1902–1903 the tower was restored to repair some brickwork. This…

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Mary’s house, home of ghosts and legends

There are lot of stories about this house. Some local old people tells that between April and June could materialize the dress of a little girl drowned in the nearby little river, others say that she was walled and in the little girl’s room does not filter the light from the windows. Another story dates back to November 2004. Someone says she saw her in her first communion dress, barefoot, curly and blond hair, and clear eyes, playing with her ball. The same person tells that while he was on…

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