Image: Romina Margherita A Diaz
The bars across the window in this decaying room tell a story.
Outside the deserted building, darkened branches reach out like claws, making the already spooky scene even more ominous. And inside, it’s worse still. There are cracks in the walls, and the paint is peeling all down the long, creepy corridors; steel bed frames are stripped of all bedding except a few moldering pillows; and broken windowpanes reflect strange shadows. In one room, a bathtub full of mysterious burnt remains lies abandoned.
This derelict institution is a grim place with a grim past. According to Italian photographer Romina Diaz, it once housed prisoners deemed criminally insane.