It’s The Most Haunted Place On Earth And It Could Be Yours!
While some islands boast boring things like palm-fringed white sands and spectacular waterfalls, Italy is offering a truly unique and special isle for lease. Located in the world-famous Venetian Lagoon, between Venice and Lido, the island of Poveglia has been the scene of countless horrors over the years and is considered by many to be the most haunted place in the world. And now that it’s up for auction, this little island could be yours.
So how did this small 17-acre island, so invitingly close to Venice, become such a frightening piece of property? Well, during the16th Century, thousands of Europeans that were sick and dying of the plague were quarantined on little Poveglia.
It is believed that because so many people died and were buried on Poveglia, its soil could be made up of 50 percent ash and bones. It is also rumored that local fishermen avoid casting lines around the island for fear they might pull up a bone.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, in 1922, a hospital was established on the cursed island, which already had a reputation for being haunted. Though the facility was supposedly built to treat the elderly, many believe that it was actually a hospital for the mentally ill and that a doctor who worked there supposedly performed unnecessary lobotomies on patients, using crude tools such as hammers and chisels. In the end, the doctor supposedly killed himself by jumping off the hospital’s tower.
So with its tragic past, it’s not surprising that many believe Poveglia is haunted. Its most famous ghost is known as “Little Maria,” who is said to have been a plague victim. Visitors in the past have claimed to have seen the little girl crying by the lagoon, searching for the parents who she was separated from during the plague outbreak. In addition, a show host on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” television program claims to have been possessed while visiting the island in 2009.
Now, the cash-strapped Italian government is hoping to auction off a 99-year lease for the use of the island, with a starting bid of $490,000. Italian officials are hopeful that someone will choose to build a luxury hotel on this supposedly poltergeist-plagued property. Of course, the question is will tourist want to visit a place that is supposedly so frightening that locals say, “When an evil man dies, he wakes up in Poveglia”? Doesn’t sound like the greatest travel slogan to us.