Haunted Island Poveglia put up for Sale by Italian Government
Poveglia, a small, deserted island in the Venetian lagoon known as "the island of madness" is being put up for auction next month. In the 19th century, the island was quarantined for plague victims who arrived by ship with infectious diseases. With so many deaths on the island along with its conversion into a mental hospital in 1922, it is not surprising that people believe it to be haunted. The island was also the home of a doctor who was supposedly driven mad by ghosts and performed a number of crude lobotomies before flinging himself from a bell tower. Abandoned for 50 years and Italian owned, its is being offered for a 99-year lease to whoever is brave enough to take it.
By Jordan Moses
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