Italy

Manicomio di C Abandoned Asylum Italy

Once home to 6,000 patients sent for ‘treatment’ but were never allowed to leave.

Ospedale Psichiatrico di Volterra was a former psychiatric hospital in Tuscany, Italy
It was home to more than 6,000 mental patients but was shut down in 1978 because its practices were deemed cruel.

The hospital was called ‘the place of no return’ because patients supposedly never returned home.

Walls of courtyard are still covered in the carvings of a patient who was locked inside for more than a decade.

Manicomio di C Abandoned Asylum
Manicomio di C Abandoned Asylum

Non Plus Ultra Sammezzano Castle

Sammezzano, or the Castle of Sammezzano, is an Italian palazzo in Tuscany notable for its Moorish Revival architectural style.

The original palazzo was erected in about 1605 by the Spanish nobleman, Ximenes of Aragon. In the 19th century, Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes inherited the property and, between 1853 and 1889, remodeled it into one of the largest examples of Moorish Revival architecture. Umberto I, king of Italy, visited Ximenes at Sammezzano in 1878.

The palazzo served as a luxury hotel in the post WWII era, then was vacated and closed. A committee called FPXA 1813-2013, acronym for Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes d’Aragon, was organized in 2012 to attempt to restore and preserve the palazzo, which has 365 rooms, each with unique, Moorish decoration.

Abandoned since the 1990s, after plans to transform it into a luxury hotel fell through.

Sammezzano Castle
Sammezzano Castle

Pantheon Rome Italy

The Pantheon is a building in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier building commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus. The present building was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 AD

Pantheon Rome Italy
Pantheon Rome Italy