In the north of Italy, in the Venetian lagoon near the island of Lido, is the abandoned island of Poveglia (Italian: Poveglia). Once it was built up with buildings and people lived there, but after a whole series of deaths and misfortunes, the Italians began to avoid the island, which is only two nautical miles from the heart of Venice – the Grand Canal.
From afar, Povela seems cozy and habitable: it is underlined by the lush green of the trees, the embankment, and the elegant spire of the church bell tower. But it is worthwhile for a person to set foot on an island, as horror and confusion embrace him. Continue reading