This is Poveglia Island, a 17-acre island "between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy." It was originally used as a dumping ground for dying plague victims. Then in 1922 a mad doctor opened a mental hospital there where he performed lobotomies with hammers and chisels, and eventually killed himself by jumping from the hospital's tower "after claiming he'd been driven mad by ghosts." I dunno, sounds like you might have been mad already, doc. And now it's for sale by the Italian government to help reduce its debts. I say we buy it, bulldoze everything, and build a happy fun amusement park with tons of rides...that kill.
The island has remained closed to visitors in recent years with access strictly restricted by the Italian government.
It has become a draw for supernatural investigators searching for signs of the rumoured spirits, the most famous of which is a plague victim called Little Maria, who it is claimed stands crying looking out across the lagoon towards her home.
One of the visiting presenters of the Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures claimed to have been possessed on a visit to the island.
According to The Telegraph the plan for the decrepit building is to transform it into a luxury hotel, though a group of architects and planners have launched a campaign to buy the island in a bid to stop the further privatisation of the lagoon.
A luxury hotel? I don't think that's a good idea. I say just sink the island into the lagoon and build another one. One with less...history. Because history, as I may have mentioned before, was my second worst subject in school. So what if Lincoln crossed the Mississippi to go to war with the Frenchies, I want to learn things that are going to get me a HIGH PAYING JOB. I'm kidding, history is important. As philosopher George Santayana once said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Haha -- I just sounded smart, didn't I? That felt weird, I don't think I like it. *chugs beer, fails to break bottle over head* Aww yeah, BACK IN BUSINESS.
Keep going for several shots of the hospital's luxurious interior.
Thanks to Silvermidnight and LupusYonderboy, who plan on buying the island and opening a supernatural tours company.