Veneto Hidden Corners: Poveglia Island

For the weekly column “Veneto Hidden Corners”, the photographer Giovanni Vecchiato gives us exclusively for VS a shot dedicated to the top hidden beauties of Veneto.

Over the centuries, the island of Poveglia in the Venetian lagoon was first a lazaret and then a psychiatric hospital. Since the day the director commits suicide by throwing himself from the bell tower, it has been abandoned and the darkest legends circulate about it. The structure is unsafe and it is forbidden to visit it without special permits.
A plaque among the brambles says “do not disturb the dead who by contagion lie here“. Years ago a group of Americans took them out to spend the night. Terrified, they called for help before dawn.

A deep passion for reportage, Giovanni Vecchiato has worked as a portrait photographer in the entertainment industry in London where he recently set up the “View my eye” exhibition, documenting the most suggestive places in Italy through the art of aerial photography, work also published by the National Geographic.

#VenetoSecrets #VenetoHiddenCorners Ph. Giovanni Vecchiato

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