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Thread: Villa Sbertoli - July 19

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    December 2017

    Default Villa Sbertoli - July 19

    After spotting that I wasn't far from this beautiful place whilst away on a family holiday, I couldn't resist taking one morning to check it out.

    Villa Sbertoli

    Villa Sbertoli was built in the early 1800s by wealthy merchant Agostino Sbertoli. According to some sources he decided to turn the villa into a psychiatric hospital because he had a disabled son, whom he tried to cure all his life. On his death bed he decided to devote all his possessions to a charity for the mentally ill. The villa was inaugurated as a psychiatric hospital in 1868. During World War II it was used by the Nazis to hold prisoners but afterwards was sold to the province and used as a psychiatric hospital again. In 1978 "Law Basaglia" (a reform of the Italian psychiatric system) was passed and the hospital was forced to close. By 1990 it was abandoned completely.

    One thing we noticed about European urbex is the heat. This place is located at the top of a large hill, so hiking up the windy, overgrown road wasn't fun but worth it once we made it to the top, and were surrounded by many colourful buildings that made up this complex. I liked a lot of parts of this exploration, except for the clearly set up shots in some of the rooms, most of which I just ignored. The architecture was great though!

    The main building

    Wish I could go back to this room now with my wider lens, as shooting with my old camera was painful. The hall on the other hand, was amazing...


    The other buildings we had time to see

    Here's the link to my documentary styled video on this one - we cover the site's past, present and future through cinematics and narration:


    Thanks for reading :)
    Informative and interesting urban exploration content...

  2. Thanks given by: Echo Seven, etc100, HughieD, KJurbex, krela, Mearing, theartist, UrbanX
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    Awesome, I'll book my flights!
    Great report, thanks for sharing :)
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    January 2018


    I love the before and after picture. I wanted to see the video and it might just be my internet but the link doesn't seem to work?


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