If you think self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic is grim, take a look inside ‘the world’s most haunted island’ – where people were sent to isolate during the plague.
Poveglia Island, off the coast of Venice and Lido, Italy, is nicknamed the ‘Island of Ghosts’ due to its grizzly past.
People were dragged kicking and screaming to the island if they showed even the slightest symptoms of the Black Death, according to local tales.
The 7 hectare plot was also used as a mass burial ground, where some 160,000 victims are thought to have been cremated to stop the spread of the disease.
It has been said that even to this day, human ash makes up more than 50 per cent of the island’s soil.
British urban explorers Matt Nadin, 40, and Andy Thompson, 54, recently filmed themselves visiting areas of the island that have been left untouched for decades.
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The images show a former psychiatric hospital where gruesome experiments, including lobotomies, were alleged to have taken place in the 1920s.
A crazed doctor at the hospital eventually committed suicide by throwing himself from the bell tower.
The footage also shows the rotting abandoned buildings, a mass burial ground and items, including old beds and baths.
There were also several large containers that, it has been suggested, may have been used to burn bodies.
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Matt, a salesman from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, posted the footage to his YouTube channel, Finders Beepers History Seekers, where he can often be found exploring abandoned and historic places of interest with Andy.
He said: “It was really, really eerie.