Poveglia Island, Venetian Lagoon, Italy; the Island of the Dead

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Poveglia Island, referred by those familiar with it's petrifying history as the island of madness or death. Visits to the island of death prove to be a terrifying experience, starting with the ghostly mist that hovers around the bell tower where legend has it that one of the asylum's psychiatrist's jumped to his death after being tortured by the ghosts that suffered and died from his brutal and inhumane treatment.

Malevolent Energy Found at the Scariest Place on Earth

You do not have to look far to find shocking and disturbing locations on our planet, but some stand out more than others. Poveglia Island, located in northern Italy, has a reputation for being one of the most haunted and scariest destinations on Earth where time, circumstances and the people of the past have all played a part in this terrifying and very real paranormal existence. This island of the dead is where malevolent energy of past horrifying conditions remain in a state of suspended conscience still today.

Poveglia Island, referred by those familiar with it's petrifying history as the island of madness or death, has a troubled history at best that dates back as early as the 5th century when refugees attempting to flee from barbarian invasions of the times often met with death on the island. Centuries later during the Black Death Plague, the island was used as a dumping grounds for thousands of infected bodies that were discarded into huge pits where they were burned, erasing the remnants of disease. The Italian doctors that were forced to deal with the plague victims wore special “birdlike” masks that protected them from their infected patients, but they too often succumbed to the sickness despite their best efforts of shielding their faces and were left on the island with those who they had attempted to heal.

The Creepiest Quarantine Station in the World

By 1793 Poveglia was no stranger to sickness, violence and vast amounts of death, and it was during this time that the first victims of yet another plague that affected Europeans were thrown to their own vices on the the island of the dead after being transported there by ships. These highly infectious people were plagued by a widespread epidemic that forced them to be n from the rest of the population. En route to Venice, Italy, Poveglia served as a check point that eventually proved to be the perfect remote, sealed off zone for separating and restricting the contagious citizens from the healthy ones.

Unfortunately, the plan was not thought through in it's entirety, and due to having no access to the outside world, most of the diseased victims died on the island. The lack of empathy, medicine and nature of the event is believed to be a large contributor to the manifestations that are witnessed there today. The most recent contributing factor leading to paranormal activity being so evident on Poveglia island possibly comes from the quarantine station that was set up in 1922 and later converted to an insane asylum for treating the mentally ill. Doctors inflicted severe pain by the cruel method of using power drills for frontal lobotomies that sometimes resulted in accidental deaths is believed to be part of the reason that so many ghost sightings have been reported. In 1968 the institution closed down and the entire island of Poveglia has remained abandoned ever since.

The Island of the Dead is a Ghost Hunter's Dream

Visits to the island of death prove to be a terrifying experience, starting with the ghostly mist that hovers around the bell tower where legend has it that one of the asylum's psychiatrist's jumped to his death after being tortured by the ghosts that suffered and died from his brutal and inhumane treatment. Due to the extreme and widespread belief that the island is dangerous to the living and haunted by hundreds of ghosts, it has been shut down to visitors.

The paranormal past of Poveglia makes it a ghost hunters dream for the ultimate communication with spirits. The team from the Travel Channel, Scariest Places on Earth series, felt up to the challenge of dealing with the harsh paranormal activity and brutal nature of the past events that took place on the island. The Ghost Hunters set up equipment and did not walk away disappointed. During their paranormal investigation, Zak Bagans became violently ill and then briefly possessed by a ghost that was filled with unquestionable rage. This was only the beginning of what was to come.

A heavy energy laced with an overwhelming evil feel was present to anyone who had a beating heart. The spirits lingered everywhere you turned and were caught on night vision cameras. The EVP device evidence was forthcoming as was the movement on the motion detectors. Loud bangs that were never identified circled the group from afar. Disembodied voices speaking in old world Italian were detected, the EMF hit 3.5 temperature spikes and the footsteps of the spirits could be clearly heard walking towards them. Orbs were fast becoming apparent at one point a temperature spike of 22.2 hit with a burst of dark energy and then a fast moving and powerful orb. The past terrors of Poveglia were evident everywhere they walked and the team were engulfed with a darkness that loomed over them that was nothing less than pure evil.

Victims of the bubonic plague, inhumane deaths and cruel treatment were lurking and hovering, communicating in the only way that they know how. The locals fear the island and believe that once trespassing upon it's petrifying perimeter you will be forever cursed. Zak believes that the locals just might be on to something, and before leaving the very haunted asylum, the team performs a ritual with oils that were given to them in hopes of ridding the building of obvious wicked and diabolical entities with loathsome intentions towards those who dare to enter their world. http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/ghost-adventures/articles/poveglia-islands-haunted-history

Buying a Ghost-Infested Island

Today, Poveglia Island, the asylum and the thousands of ghosts and spirits that dwell on the 17-acre, uninhabited island of the dead are for sale by the Italian government for the asking price starting at $841 million. According to a recent report in the Telegraph, plans for the historical institution are to transform it into a luxury hotel in hopes of boosting the economy and bring vibrant life back to the lagoon. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10767781/Worlds-most-haunted-island-up-for-auction.html


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Sherri has lived in several haunted properties, including a morgue turned basement apartment. Instead of fearing the paranormal, she has opted to embrace, investigate and understand it.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Dec 2014 (#)

wow...Sherri...incredible place...i was in Venice and had some pretty rough happenings too...blessings..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Dec 2014 (#)

Fascinating and eerie! Thanks Sherri for the share - siva

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
17th Dec 2014 (#)

Wonderful post and interesting as well, Happy Holidays Sherri, very scary posts my dear and fascinating as well!

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author avatar Utah Jay
18th Dec 2014 (#)

I saw this island on Ghost Adventures, it was really creepy...Great post.

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author avatar tafmona
18th Dec 2014 (#)

keep writing my good friend

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author avatar Denise O
5th Jan 2015 (#)

A very haunting and well written article on this island in Italy. I have a ghost that has followed me around for the last 26 years, his name is Carson. He is a hoot I tell ya. LOL A well deserved star. Thank you for sharing. :)

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author avatar ElicBxn
8th Jan 2015 (#)

I was haunted by a cat after she died a slow death, probably as a result of FIV. My then roommate and I preformed a lay exorcism on the spot we saw her ghost the most, mostly because we wanted her to move on to the better place that was waiting for her.

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author avatar tantialia
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Wow... I never knew that before.. thank you for sharing..
And I hope the plan to transform it into luxury hotel become great success! :)

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