scary venice

Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world but at the same time is full of mysterious and disturbing places. Because of its rich history and its special atmosphere, it is probably the Italian city with more secrets and legends handed down from generation to generation!


Ca’ Dario’s architectural beauty contrasts with its reputation as a cursed building, linked to the tragic fate of many of its owners. According to an alleged curse on the house, in fact the owners of Ca’ Dario would be destined to go broke or die a violent death.
These many deaths made quite a stir among the Venetians, who anagrammed the inscription on the façade “vrbis genio Ioannes Darius” (“Giovanni Darius, protector of the city”) transforming it into “sub ruina insidiosa genero” (“I bring treacherous ruins to those who live under this roof”).


In the 18th century Poveglia island became a quarantine station, was sealed off and used to host people with infectious diseases, leading to legends of terminally ill Venetians waiting to die before their ghosts returned to haunt the island.
In 1922, the island became home to a mental hospital where a doctor allegedly experimented on patients with crude lobotomies. He later threw himself from the hospital tower after claiming he had been driven mad by ghosts.
Today it is widely believed that the island is infested with ghosts , many thrill-seekers go there on purpose to feel their presence. The island has been featured on the paranormal shows Ghost Adventures and Scariest Places on Earth.


Among the many historic buildings of Venice there is an elegant building that stands alone in the lagoon, where Fondamenta Nove ends: the outbuilding of Palazzo Contarini Zaffo, known as Casino of the Spirits.

Casin degli Spiriti means “house of souls” and for centuries it was believed to be a cursed location for its spooky appearance and the gloomy noises that can be heard at night caused by the undertow and the whistling wind. There are stories about the many religious sects that came here to invoke spirits and demons, and there is also a legend about the ghost of Luzzo who is said to wander through the palace, crying for his unrequited love for Cecilia, Giorgione’s lover.


Mastelli Palace is another ancient palace with a troubled history and a mysterious legend. According to an old legend around 1100 AD three very rich merchants named Rioba, Afani and Sandi who, tried to fool a Venetian lady. After she discovered that, she cursed the money she gave them and when the three criminals touched it, they turned into stone statues that you can admire in the square nearby.


Doge’s Palace is one of the most visited place in Venice and despite its beauty it hides terrible secrets. Apart from the famous Bridge of Sighs (its name is supposed to refer to the sighs of prisoners who, passing from the courtroom to the cell in which they would serve their sentence, took a last look at freedom as they glimpsed the lagoon through the small windows), there are other places really disturbing … For example, looking at the first floor gallery of the Doge’s Palace, you can see two columns that have a different color from the others: according to tradition, in that place the death sentences were read!
On the contrary, on the ground floor the condemned men had the chance to save their own life: those who had managed to go around the column in the corner without falling from the base, would be pardoned … it goes without saying that it was almost impossible!

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