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Italy has a seemingly never-ending supply of breathtaking villas and churches to explore. The arcitecture of this country is always a perfect mix of elegance and rustic charm. Italy also has many abandoned asylums, called “manicomio”.


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Dark Music School / Collegio S, Italy

Dark Music School (Collegio S) was a Roman Catholic boarding school which became abandoned in the 1980s. There are classrooms, an auditorium and chapel.
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Villa del Allenatore, Italy

Villa del Allenatore is an old abandoned Italian house, apparently once the home of a football coach. This football coach trained a local children's team.
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Red Cross Hospital, Italy

The Red Cross Hospital is a famous abandoned Italian sanatorium. This site lays atop a remote hill, over 1km above sea level.
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Paragon Hotel, Italy

The Paragon Hotel is an abandoned five-star hotel in Italy. The location is famous for the grand ballroom, which features stunning white ceiling drapes.
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Blue Chapel / La Chiesa Blu Italy

The Blue Chapel (La Chiesa Blue) is a classic abandoned 19th Century church, in the hilly countryside of Italy. It has been abandoned since the 2000s.
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Manicomio di VG, Italy

Manicomio di VG is an abandoned and decaying Italian asylum. "The Rotunda of the Furious" housed violent patients. There were several legendary patients.
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Villa C, Italy

The 17th Century Villa C features a grand lavishly decorated entrance hall. There is also a pink spiral staircase, featuring a large shell-like decoration.
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Villa Mint / Palazzo Mint, Italy

The 18th Century Villa Mint has been home to Italian nobility over the centuries. The bright airy Baroque-style central hall features mint green frescoes.
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Alpine Funicular Railway, Italy

This well-preserved funicular railway used to ferry tourists from the idyllic lakeshore, up to the top of the mountain. It closed in the late 1970's.
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Convento B, Italy

Convento B is a church, convent and college nestled in the hills above a small Italian township. The convent, church and cloisters date back to the 1600s.
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Steampunk Greenhouse, Italy

A Steampunk Greenhouse lays nestled in an Italian country park, obscured from casual glances by dense vegetation.
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Centrale Idroelettrica / Powerplant V, Italy

Central Idroelettrica is an abandoned hydroelectric power plant in Italy. Water rushes below the crumbling concrete floor, which is nearly 100 years old.
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Villa PDO / Villa Zombo, Italy

Villa PDO is a relatively modern abandoned Italian Villa. The master bedroom has lavishly painted Romanesque scenes on the walls.
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Teatro Balconi, Italy

Teatro Balconi features opulent Art Nouveau architecture. The ravages of time have left this cavernous auditorium in an advanced stage of decay.
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Manicomio di R, Italy

Manicomio di R is a former mental aylum, or "madhouse", in Italy. This medical relic closed in 1980's, when attitudes towards mental health care changed.
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Villa Scorpio Greenhouse, Italy

The star attraction at Villa Scorpio,is the Japanese Greenhouse. There is a large fan-shaped window, and vines creeping in through broken windows.