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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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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Latarnia Morska Niechorze – Niechorze Lighthouse, Poland

Height of Lighthouse: 45m The light ascends to the height of: 62,8 m of the sea level Light Range: 20 nautical miles (about 37km) The decision to build a Lighthouse in Niechorze (in polish Latarnia Morska Niechorze) has been taken in 1860, and was commissioned by the German Ministry of Shipping in 1863. The tower of this lighthouse has been built of face-bricks. In the lower part it has a quadrangular shape and in the upper one above the outhouse an octagan form. The corner of that tower have been…

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The Miracle of the Church of the Prophet Elijah in Chernobyl

Over the entire years since the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, the levels of radiation in the area of the only church of the exclusion zone, the St. Elijah Church, was well below the other levels across the zone. “Even during the most difficult days of 1986, the area around the St. Elijah Church was clean from radiation, not to mention that the church itself was also clean” said the president of the Ukrainian Chernobyl Union Yury Andreyev in a Kiev-Moscow video conference. Andreyev said too that many liquidators of the…

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Monument for the firefighters of the Chernobyl disaster.

After a random walk and different articles about Chernobyl and the exclusion zone, I want speak to conclude (at this moment) my “Chernobyl Diaries”, about the efforts and the bravery of the firefighters (or liquidators as they were known here) in the fighting and management of the blaze that initially destroyed Reactor 4 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Shortly after the accident, firefighters arrived to try to extinguish the fires. First on the scene was a Chernobyl Power Station firefighter brigade under the command of Lieutenant Volodymyr Pravik, who…

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Chernobyl nuclear power plant: 32 years later

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster began in the early hours of Saturday 26 April 1986 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. An explosion released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe, until the Norway. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other is the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japan, and I hope to write something about this…

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Postcards from Pripyat, the town nearest to the No.4 reactor of Chernobyl.

Pripyat is the town nearest to the No. 4 reactor, had 49,000 inhabitants, and was founded to house workers from Chernobyl. The name came from the river where sits the town, that was founded on 4th February 1970 on a terrain of endless woodland and marshes in Northern Ukraine. Construction of the power plant began in the same year – first as construction site, and then as one of the biggest nuclear electric power stations in Europe. Pripyat soon became a key town in Ukraine thanks to its location and…

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