Oh, my goodness, you guys, there is an island off the coast of Venice, Italy — dubbed THE most haunted island in the world — and it is currently up for sale. As in, you could buy it. Or, more reasonable and likely, WE could buy it, together, by pooling our resources and really going crazy. Because who doesn’t want to own a haunted island, eh? No one with a sense of excitement and adventure, that’s who!
If you’re a fan of Ghost Adventures, you may have heard about it — the show’s host claimed to have been possessed while on the island. Poveglia, as its called, is a small, uninhabited island in the Venice lagoon that’s being placed in an online auction to try and help put a dent in Italy’s increasingly massive debt.
Poveglia has been around since at least the 14th century, when the 17-acre island was the center of a land dispute between the Venetians and the Genoese. The good people of Venice must’ve won that battle, though, as it later became a quarantine station for ships heading to Venice in the 18th century. But that’s where things started to get spooky.
Following the discovery of a plague on two of the ships, Poveglia was sealed off and became a sort of internment camp for sick people with a range of infectious and terminal diseases. So, naturally, a lot of people died there, turning the tiny island into a veritable smorgasbord of ghosts. Allegedly!
But things only got weirder as time went on. A hospital was opened in 1922 on the island and is said to have played host to numerous, horrific experiments and surgeries on the mentally ill, including a few lobotomies. Those were performed by the director of the place, who was later driven mad by the ghosts on the island and ended up throwing himself from the hospital tower. It closed for good in 1968.
So, we don’t know about the rest of you, but this sounds like primo Nerdist real estate. What say we all pool our money together and buy this place? You think Italy would take a check? Or will they need cash? We’ve got, like, $47 we could throw into the pot — surely that’ll buy those Italians a lot of dough (Get it?! Like pizza?! Get it?!… hey, wait, come back!) and assist them in their indebted adventures. Right?
So, who’s down for a trip to Poveglia? Let us know in the comments.