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I had been pouring copious amounts of research into abandoned places in Italy for my second visit to the country, especially regarding the former psychiatric hospitals (of course). A funny thing happened though... I had discovered a small abandoned complex consisting of two buildings in a rural town while looking at some maps. Nothing special, as there are plenty of these kinds of ruins scattered along the countryside, but I marked it down just in case I'd be driving by.
Then one day I found myself in the area, after a disappointing scouting trip to a handful of places that were being torn down. I pulled up to a tall wrought iron gate - a faded sign contained the words "ospedale psichiatrico," psychiatric hospital... the rusty gate had been locked shut for some years. What amazing luck to have found this! The place was surrounded by a stone wall to prevent escape, but a small hole that had been smashed out - that definitely meant running in to catch the place in the fading sunset.
The inside of the hospital was cold and quiet, like a tomb painted in browns. The stairs were mangled by heavy objects being dragged out in a real hurry...
Paperwork and medication was also strewn about as if some epidemic forced everyone to run for their lives.
Below is a prescription for Haldol amongst the dust-laden bottles and tourniquets.
Walking into the chapel was like stepping into a painting that could have been a surreal underwater scene.
Among the myriad of scratches and names in the walls of the wards were various dates being subtracted from 1993 - assumedly the date of closure. The product could then be the number of years some of the patients have been residing behind these walls.
Full set of photos coming in the future...
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