Let's Buy It: 'World's Most Haunted Island' Is Up For Sale

April 18, 2014


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.

  • Daisy Daisyington

    This actually seems completely authentic.

  • I see what you did there.

  • Brain Hulk

    Out of curiosity, how can this island be the 'most haunted'? It's kind of hard to say it has the most ghosts when ghosts haven't even been proven to exist.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Just make some minor make over to reinforce the structure but keep it looking like an abandoned place and you got yourself a haunted hotel for those paranormal fans! Make sure to hire creepy looking people.

  • Debbie Graham

    Off the charts freaky - but am in🙈

  • Mr. K

    Meh. I've stayed in Days Inn's worse than that.

  • Shane Smith

    Come on even ghosts like to party

  • Cy

    GW, why didn't you edit one of the photos into a screaming face GIF? A post like this is just begging for it.

  • I would legitimately like to go stay in a place like this. I'm kind of a pussy, but I have so little time for peoples supernatural bullshit I'd really like to just hang in the "worlds most haunted" place for a while just so I can confidently say that the scariest thing about it is the tacky two-tone interior.

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    Yeah sure, great place for a hotel, call it the "Overlook Hotel".


  • Richelle Howes

    That's a whole hellofa lot of NOPE!!!

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