A picturesque yet chilling view of the bell tower
With its greenery and crumbling ruins, the small island of Poveglia in the Venetian Lagoon seems a pleasant enough place. After all, ruins aren’t unusual in Italy; in fact, they’re considered one of its attractions. Yet Poveglia is closed to explorers, and even the local fishermen are rumored to avoid its shores.
Poveglia’s decaying buildings and overgrown fields have a dark and sinister history stretching back centuries, and the island has an ominous association with death and misery that sees it regularly featured on lists of the most haunted places in the world.