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  1. Villa Sbertoli was built in the early 1800s by wealthy merchant Agostino Sbertoli. According to some sources he decided to turn the villa into a psychiatric hospital because he had a disabled son, whom he tried to cure all his life. On his death bed he decided to devote all his possessions to a charity for the mentally ill, even their, so that his son could feel at home. It was inaugurated as a psychiatric hospital in 1868. During World War II it was used by the Nazis to hold prisoners but afterwards was sold to the province and used as a psychiatric hospital again. In 1978 "Law Basaglia" (a reform of the Italian psychiatric system) was passed and the hospital was forced to close. By 1990 it was abandoned completely. Really liked it in here, the main hall is stunning and there are a few medical rooms upstairs. Perhaps a bit staged in one or two of them but interesting all the same. The building next door had some nice bits as well. Unfortunately we got off to a bad start by bumping into Jonny the security guard. He seemed like a really nice guy but it was difficult to communicate with him. Luckily @Miss.Anthropewas on hand with her mystical ability to understand everything a foreigner says in a language she doesn't speak. He wanted 20 Euros off each of us to let us inside, and that's why he was being so nice. Now I'm not really into paying for explores so we told him we had no money on us. He didn't like this predicament much so we eventually reached a settlement of 5 Euros for the both of us. A sum we could happily live with! Nice one bruvva
  2. This extravagant castle was originally built in 1605 to a more simple design. During the 19th century it underwent an Arabian style makeover which took 40 years to reach completion. No attention was spared to detail, with each and every one of the 365 rooms given its own identity. During the second world war it was looted by the Germans. After that it became a luxury hotel until it closed it's doors in 1990. Since then various plans have fallen through and a very recent sale attempt was upheld by Italian courts so its future remains unknown. I visited here with @Miss.Anthrope, a place we'd both had firmly at the top of our wish lists for some time. We could've spent hours in here but decided to air on the side of caution and keep our visit relatively short as we'd been asked to leave the area by security the day before. I guess it was pretty obvious what we were up to with camera bags and tripods peeking over the fence and we'd been spotted on cctv. On our return we made sure not to make the same mistake as they are definitely keeping an eye on the place. Derelict buildings don't come much more stunning than this. Ciao bella
  3. I can't find much history about this place except it was built in the 1950s and abandoned in the 90s due to a more modern replacement being built nearby. Sadly the turbine hall has been completely gutted but the control room was absolutely pukka. A nice chilled explore with @Miss.Anthrope 1. 2. This is what used to be inside here..... (archive photo) 3. What it looks like now. Sometimes life isn't fair. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Amazing that this is in such a good state compared to the rest of the building. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. The trip wouldn't have been complete without a quick peek inside the cooling tower. 20. The smallest cooling tower I've seen I think! Grazie mille
  4. Italy Pharmaceutical Laboratory

    Hey guys! There is probably already a topic about this place but since I wanted to post a video I opened this new topic in the video section The facility was owned by a company which produced cosmetics. It was made of two parts: the laboratory for the creation and testing of new products and the factory, where products were produced for the market. The factory is quite worn-out and not very interesting to explore, while the laboratory and the offices are pretty well mantained. The (sadly) interesting part is that this company made a large use of animals to test their products: rats, rabbits, dogs and cats would bear unimaginable pain and eventually die just for the sake of testing cosmetics products. In the laboratory we will find an operating room (where I suppose all kind of testing were made) and rows of cages for the animals, along with a lot of laboratory equipment still there. I made a video about the exploration: it is in Italian but I added English subtitles (you'll have to turn them on in Youtube). Tell me if you like it, and if it is still enjoyable with the subtitles And here are some photos:
  5. The three-storey villa dates back to the 17th century and was expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries. Their owners changed repeatedly and the villa was damaged in the Second World War. It has been abandoned since the late 1950s. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  6. Such a beautiful abandoned villa in Italy. I couldn't believe my eyes when I entered this huge hallway with a stunning ceiling and painted walls. There is also a chapel, but we had to be very quiet, I didn't take a look, cause it was very noisy. Probably you have seen this one before, but I couldn't choose wich one to show you #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12
  7. Already visited this villa two years ago, just forgot the photos on my hard drive. Two rooms were decorated with beautiful ceiling paintings, the rest of the building was unadorned and empty. Know nothing about it's history. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  8. The castle was built in 1860 as a summer residence on a small island. It remained in the hands of the same family until 1975 when it was sold on. Developers eventually planned to convert it into a 5 star beauty farm but they went bust in 2010 half way through the renovation. Work stopped and the castle has been up for sale ever since. Unfortunately it's in pretty poor condition now and much of it is stripped but there were a few nice bits left, especially the church which would have been epic without the scaffolding, and some other interesting finds along the way. Italy has some cool places! Visited with @Miss.Anthropeand thanks to @Andyfor the heads up with this place. 1. What it looks like from above (not my photo) 2. The first bit we found our way into, just a tiny isolated chapel room but there was something quite interesting buried underneath the hole in the floor 3. A mass grave of human skulls and bones. Nice way to start the day off eh! 4. After much hiding from strange noises we found our way inside the main building. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. This was where the choir would have sat, hidden behind the alter. 17. Epic ceiling 18. 19. The altar completely surrounded by scaffolding 20. 21. Cheers for now.
  9. The church, already visited in May 2016, is located lonely, above a small Italian village. It's partly overgrown and hidden behind bushes and trees. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything about the history of this building. The photos with the light beam through the swirled dust were taken at the end of the visit, but I put them at the beginning of the set. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
  10. Italy Selection of Italian explore videos

    Selection of Italian explore videos.. enjoy!
  11. Italy Black Turbines - April 2015

    This small hydroelectric power station originally powered the neighboring Crespi textiles factory that closed some time ago. Before we came here we were aware that the building was possibly alarmed, but determined to see the industrial deliciousness inside, we carried on. On our approach we were hiding in the woods, dodging dog walkers and cyclists, but it was SO worth it.. Even if I did only manage about 3 photos after setting of the alarm Visited with @PROJ3CTM4YH3M, Kriegaffe9 and @AndyK! Not a lot of information here I know.. But hopefully these will make up for it -
  12. This big complex closed down in 2006, with almost 3500 seats in 15 différents cinema room. Now it's a 21,515 square meters ghost town. The building is in poor condition. The business was managed by a Chinese billionaire. But he had some troubles with the justice and has few years in jail. Inside, the temperature was around 40 degrees. And unfortunately the cops caught us, before we visited the whole area.
  13. On a rather rushed last day this was our second to last stop. We were instantly eyed up by the residents of the flats opposite, but after a while of milling around trying not to look suspicious they disappeared. It wasn't long before we were inside and it really hit me. Rows and rows of cages lines the walls and the remains of the labs upstairs. It was interesting to shoot, something different - but one I never want to visit again. As always, thanks for looking!
  14. Italy Tanks Graveyard in Italy

    Hello, here another post with a military graveyard in Italy that i'd visited last Summer during my holidays Here are a lot of tanks, perfect aligned, they looks pretty good, i don't know why they are parked here .... i think it's a shame when i think about the cost of one tank !!!! It was a little difficult to go there due the dense vegetation, but finally it was very impressive to see how much tanks here stayed. More pics here NS Photos
  15. My first visit was last year in November (see http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/topic/9919-villa-la-mattina-presto-visited-112015/ ). Actually, I just wanted to show the Villa to a friend, so I left my tripod in the car. Looking back a stupid decision.... Of course, nevertheless I was taking pictures, and I also discovered a few rooms which I hadn't seen during my first visit. But ultimately I was too lazy, to go back all the way to the car once again. So I took the pics without a tripod at a higher ISO. Anyway, that's why the quality isn't very good. 1 (Panorama, but perspectively not correct) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  16. Built in the second half of the 18th century, abandoned for about 60 years now. The church is part of a manor house, which is also abandoned. 1 2 3 4 5 6
  17. The school of a Catholic religious community was already founded in the 19th century. I don't know when it was closed, it was still in use in the 1960s. Another set from a tour with a broken camera - therefore the pics are annoyingly in a very bad quality and not really sharp as well... I was absolutely pissed! (After that trip, I sold it and bought a new one.) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  18. Two posts in one night, i hope y'all don't mind! Back to Italy, and this is (albeit slightly repetitive) one for the stair porn lovers! This absolute gem is tucked away in a disused building on a live hospital. After scoping the place out for well over half an hour in the blistering heat we went for the obvious approach. Trying out best to pretend we belonged there (and hiding our tripods) we took a brisk walk through the main gate, occasionally glancing over our shoulders to check security wasn't onto us. After trying our best to avoid staff and look inconspicuous we found ourselves inside, looking for the staircase. We found it, and after a gawping at it's beauty for a few moments we got on with shooting in. Soon enough we finished up and made our escape, before moving onto our camp site for the night. As always, thanks for looking!
  19. Italy Colonia Montana - September '14

    The former children´s sanatorium ("colonia") is located somewhere in the Italian mountains and was once built for the treatment of ill children. The building itself was a mere time capsule, full of numerous sick beds, school inventory as well as old medical bottles, ointments and tinctures - all of those had exceeded their expiry date by decades. Moreover, we found old documents - old vaccination confirmations of the late 1960's as well as old patient´s lists of the 1950's.
  20. Difficult, to find information about this place. It was built on the remains of an ancient church from the fifteenth century and was used as a convent of a spiritual brotherhood. I don't know when it was given up. Unfortunately the image quality is terrible and as well the photos aren't really sharp (because my previous camera worked faulty at times on this tour). Very annoying. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
  21. I have hardly any information about this former boarding school. Apparently it was an institute for boys only. The building is in a decaying state. Fortunately, the vandalism isn´t too bad so far. The size of this insitution almost kills you. It´s very emotional to explore this part of history, when obviously a stong religious belief was one of the most important parts of education. As already mentioned above, this institution was huge. It´s picturesquely embedded between hills. It consisted not only of numerous dormitories and classrooms but its own chapel and infirmary - with rusty bed frames and old medical stuff left behind - as well. You´ll find traces of religious importance again and again, for example old images of saints - to remind you over and over about the importance of a strong belief that was once an omnipresent theorem in this institution. Let the pictures speak for themselves. [/url]
  22. Italy Villa Mint Feb 2016

    Beautiful building in Italy Cheers The Baron
  23. Italy Italy Oct 2016 : Blue Cross Church

    been a while but thought would share this one as usual photobucket f**** up the quality 1st day in Italy and got to say I loved this place, huge seminary with a lovely chapel
  24. Powerplant V is an abandoned Hydro-electric power plant in Italy which appears to be attached to a factory of some description. Whilst the majority of the site has been abandoned for quite some time, there are some buildings which appear to be still in use possibly still generating power from the nearby water source. The site itself was pretty massive and comprised of multiple building, the largest of which housed the main turbine halls and the iconic Control rooms which overlook the V-shaped layout of the 2 turbine rooms. Whilst Industrial location aren’t my preference, the level of decay and sheer scale of this place made it really fun to explore and we had a good climb around checking out as much as we could in the short time we had before sunset. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. A few more photos and higher res copies of the ones above on my website: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2016/03/12/urbex-powerplant-v-italy-april-2015/
  25. Morning all Recently returned from a trip to Italy and my backlog has just grown massively (so apologised in advance) but expect another spam of reports from me! We had such a good trip - the derps are good, the pizza's are massive and the views are stunning! I was like a mosquito target, and my legs now look like I've got some kind of disease going on here. The biggest challenge now is deciding what to edit, and looking back through my list Red Cross was instantly a favourite of mine. It's so photogenic - the rows of beds left behind, the chapel, and even the tree going in the top floor bathroom. The name come from the red cross painted on the ceiling in the chapel, but over time this has faded - to a point its barely visible anymore, which is a real shame. We bumped into a couple of Italian explorers on our way out, but as neither of us spoke a mutual language we awkwardly smiled and went our own way. As always, thanks for looking!

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