Poveglia Island dates back many centuries, but in recent times it has become known for its paranormal hauntings that are fueled by its dark past.
Originally used as a place of quarantine for the sick and dying during the Black Plague, Poveglia became a breeding ground for mental illness and those infected by the pandemic.
Poveglia island itself is only 17-acre, but housed thousands of people who were forced to live confined to the island, most eventually succumbing to the plague’s virus making the island a burial ground for the dead.
It is said that half the island soil is made up ashes from those who were cremated there and although there is no records showing the exact number of deaths, it’s said to be within the region of 100,000 people according to AHistoryOfMystery and other sources.
After centuries of seeing the souls of thousands burned to ash, the real darkness wasn’t seen until 1922 when the island’s became an isolated place for a mental health facility to be built where a notorious doctor performed inhumane operations against patients’ will.
With a collection of dirty instruments that cross-contaminated the doctor’s victims, the experiments were said to be just the beginning. According to reports from both resident nurses and other sources, the doctor was said to save his darkest experiments for when he took patients to the island’s bell tower where he conducted private torture sessions.
Though the exact details of which were not recorded, the screams of the patients could be heard across the island and recently there have been many reports of people hearing the bell ringing in the distance, said to be the souls of those who were tortured there.
Poveglia Island is considered one of the most haunted places in the world and definitely the most haunted island in the world, making some of the best top 10 most haunted lists of all time.