The Island of Poveglia: A Haunted Place of Italy


We are talking about a magical place. It will seem like a magical city is calling you by the hand. Seeing the blue water all around will make your eyes dazzle.

The air is thousands of years old tears remain accumulated on this land. Today’s article is about the unknown story of how the island of Poveglia became cursed and haunted by all.

The island of poveglia of italy
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It seems that you have come to a land of fantasy. It may seem to you the sea breeze touched someone. But everyone knows this land as a haunted island.

The sound of moaning rather than the beauty will chase you if you dare to go a little further. There is an unknown panic and fear spread around. No one wants to land on the island out of fear.

Mystery of The Island of Poveglia

The location of this small place is between Venice and Lido in Italy. Located in the lagoon St. Mark’s Square, people know this spot as ‘Poveglia Venice’ or Poveglia Island.

The 17-acre land of Poveglia has many ghost stories surrounding it. People started to live in this area first in 421 AD. The rulers were not strict in this place.

Nor was the burden of taxes or the hassle of law courts so great. As a result, the people continued to live for several centuries. By the 9th century, its population had grown, and so had its importance.

The area was under the Podesta rulers. This place was a wonderful green land of natural beauty. And that is why the Venetians and the Genoese started a bloody war in the 14th century for this place.

They used many cannons and gunshots in the war. The sound of the weapons still echoes in the place or the thick darkness of the night. The islanders began to leave the area.

The Venetian government won the battle that day. But the land became uninhabited. The Venetian government offered the monks of Camandlis to live in the area.

But the monks rejected the proposal. Later, they dug five octagonal canals around the island and placed guards at the entrance. Venetian soldiers started controlling this place then.

In the 18th century, this place became a temporary harbor for ships. Many ships from various countries used it as a shipping port. Since then, the story of the curse of this land began to unfold.

The year 1348 was a year of terror for the people of the island of Poveglia, a year of painful sighs. Bubonic plague broke out in two ships anchored on the port. At that time and two people infected with the disease died.

But work and guests are not diverted here. The plague epidemic spread to the surrounding areas. Hundreds of people died. After treatment failed, authority sealed the port, leaving Poveglia deserted.

Later, the plague spread like an epidemic in various cities of Italy. The authority sent all plague victims to the humble, uninhabited land of Poveglia.

Patients wait for death on that deserted land. As a result, the area became an evacuation center for infected patients. Later, a cruel order from the Italian government burned 160,000 people alive in this place.

The government became worried about the increasing number of patients. Since then, thousands of skeletons of dead people, available in this place.

Since then, Poveglia has become famous as the Island of the Dead. The brutal act of burning so many people alive at once made the land mysterious. Many people of that time were unaware of this incident.

It has since become a legendary place. Many believe that the unsatisfied souls of those who died return to this land. These souls live here.

In the 20th century, the government cleared this place from ships, but it is no longer frozen like before. Around 1922, the Italian government decided to build a psychiatric hospital there.

But it was not possible to keep the hospital running for long. Hospital doctors, nurses, and other working people did not want to work there.

After working for a few days, they would leave the hospital and go elsewhere. According to some doctors and nurses, they get the feeling of someone invisible.

Every moment suppressed panic and fear worked in their minds. They were reluctant to work in such a hostile environment. Also, hospitalized psychiatric patients tend to become deranged rather than cured.

Then the Italian government closed this deserted place to tourists. Although the area has remained closed for a long time, an American presenter visits it.

He created a thriller series for American TV about it and the Forbidden Hospital. In which he chronicled many terrifying experiences in the place.

Now the deserted land consists of only a monastery and cowshed. And there are invisible unsatisfied souls. No other ships anchor on this island. Italy’s tourism authorities still ban travel to the island.

If one wishes to travel to this island, he must take permission. Taking permission from appropriate authorities is a mentionable preparation.

There are many strange horror stories spread about the abandoned hospital. The accumulated cries of countless people over the centuries echo forever here.

In the forest, on the road, here and there lay the skeletons of dead people. Looking at the island of Poveglia from far away in the night, even the captain of the burning ship trembled.

A question that arouses fear in everyone’s mind – who lives there? The island of death beckons everyone who comes around.


It is the mystery of the island of Poveglia. The Italian government does not allow everyone to enter this place. But you can take permission from the authority to enter here.

This place has great historical importance. It saw many bloody and cruel activities. The first bloody activity was the war, and the second was the burning of people alive.

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