Graveyard Shift

Inside The Secret Italian Island Where Black Plague Sufferers Were Taken To Die  

Cheryl Adams Richkoff
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Known as one of the most illegal places one could (but really shouldn't) visit, Poveglia Island sits just off the coast of northern Italy near Venice. When most people begin planning a trip to that part of the world, images of romantic walkways and Renaissance art come to mind - haunted islands, on the other hand, generally don't rank very high on anyone's must-see list. 

But some visitors are still curious about the small, infamous Italian island that once hosted thousands of refugee black plague victims, serving as a quarantine island for those who were even suspected of harboring the bacteria. The island remains one of the most haunted places in Italy; and despite the fact that it is illegal to visit Poveglia, thrill-seekers continue to consider it a cool, albeit creepy destination; however, everyone who has taken the chance of stepping foot on the island has left with absolutely no desire to ever return. Read on to learn more about this haunted island in Italy.

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Today It Is Illegal To Visit The Island Of Poveglia
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Poveglia holds the dubious distinction of being listed as one of the world's most illegal places to visit. Even though trespassers know that they will be sternly prosecuted under Italian law, bold, curious, and perhaps fool-hardy travelers from all over the world continue to explore the paranormal possibilities by visiting the island illegally.

Before The Plague, The Island Quarantined All Visitors To Prevent The Spread Of Disease
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Venice initially used the island to quarantine visitors before they entered the city. As an important trading post, many people came and went. Venice had the strictest sanitary laws: the government required all traders to live on Poveglia for 40 days before Venice allowed them into the city. The stay was not torturous, however, like it was for plague victims. People had their own rooms and sometimes even their own apartments.

They ate, drank, and had contact with the outside world through mail.

In The '60s, The Island Housed Elderly Homeless People