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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ex-Maskó, memories of a discotheque and testimony of who remember.

“A long time ago (it was 2005, NDR), here it was always party.” These are the words of D, a man who remembers well this disco, when it was open, until 2005/2006. Talking with him was like taking a dip in the past. A past that I can’t remember, in an this region that I know only recently. “A long time ago, here, you stopped outside the door and waited in line to get in! If it was hot, you was sweating. And if it was cold, you beated the…

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Granzette Psychiatric Hospital between history and legends.

The project of the Psychiatric Hospital of Rovigo was born in 1906, by the Provincial Council that decided to open a Psychiatric Hospital in Rovigo, to bring together all the patients of this area with mental problems, that until then were scattered in 41 hospitals throughout Italy. The total of ​​the chosen area, including buildings (including 9 pavilions) avenues, courtyards, gardens and agricultural colonies, was 20 hectares, two hundred thousand square meters. The official opening of the Psychiatric Hospital was only on March 20, 1930, for various facts, including the…

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Ex luxury Hotel Villa Castiglioni****, now dormitory for squatters

Villa Castiglioni is a prestigious residence, built in the early nineteenth century from the Mannati, a noble family from Milan. In 1821 was bought by Ermenegildo Castiglioni, a rich man with liberal ideas. Despite having a beautiful palace in Milan, in the current Corso Venezia, he preferred the this house in Induno Olona, because it was surrounded by green and quiet. To decorate the villa, Ermenegildo Castiglioni called the founder of a cabinetmaker dynasty from Paris, the Ieanselme family, to decore the furnishing of the whole villa. Most of the…

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La Villa delle Streghe, the Witch house of Tivegna

This is an old villa, uninhabited since decades, with a special charm after its abandonment. already its appearance is creepy, and there is also a legend that is told by local inhabitants: it seems that a group of witches built a church in one night and took refuge in this villa after destroying the same church. Maybe it’s just a legend, or not?….

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Teatro Guido, Inside the abandoned teather

This beautiful theater, now abandoned, was inaugurated in September 1895. Up until the beginning of the First World War it had the prestigious role of lyric theater. In the first period there were important operas such as the Faust (the opening day), Rigoletto, La Cavalleria Rusticana, the Barber of Seville, Boheme and Tosca. The theater is about nineteenth-century, although it was partly modified with the restoration of 1938, (when the theater was called “Teatro Guido”)…..

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Villa Renier, historic villa abode of Ugo Foscolo

It is said that in the nineteenth century Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet, writer and translator and one of the leading writers of neoclassicism and pre-Romanticism, stayed in this villa and wrote here the novel “Ultime lettere a Jacopo Ortis”. Now, after more than 20 years since the death of the elderly landlord, the four heirs were never able to buy the villa…..

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Aguscello, the asylum of ghost children

This place has all the features to make it one of the place of the most classic among legends and ghost stories: an uncertain past, the innocent spirits of children victims of horrendous abuses, and an atmosphere due perhaps more to an improper care of the living rather than the maledictions of the dead. This place is near Ferrara, Italy, exactly in Aguscello, a small fraction of the city known to most of the local people only for the tradition, and testimonies about one the most sinister and haunted in Italy.

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