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    Giant Factory by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    It was still day one of our urbex road trip in Italy when we had arrived this big factory. No, ďbigĒ is an understatement. It was massive! Actually itís one of the most tremendous abandoned sites we have visited so far. By now the vast building complex has become the home of several illegal refugees and homeless people. We were not sure if we should enter the halls at all. After all we had a lot of expensive equipment with us.

    Fabbrica Gigante #28 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    The factory consists of several seemingly endless halls. But today, all of them are mostly emptied out and itís hard to see what was produced here back then when the place was still active. But our research revealed that this used to be a cotton spinning mill. In the past all these halls were probably packed up to the roof with big machines! Several centuries ago a lot of these factories were built by one single family that used to be the biggest domestic cotton producers for some time. Today there isnít much left of this empire. Nowadays you can find plenty of giant abandoned factories all over Italy which are the last remains of the former major corporation.

    Stripped by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    Even though the spacious factory halls are very impressive they werenít the reason why we came here in the first place. On our journey through abandoned Italy we were searching for the most beautiful natural decay. And according to rumors we should make such a find in the old office tower at the edge of the compound. We were wishing for some real urbex highlights!

    Messy Office by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    Obviously, the roof of the multistory building is leaking. Nearly everywhere itís dripping from the ceiling. The condition of the building stock has become that bad that the water is soaking through every single floor Ė from the top to the bottom of the tower. But this is actually accelerating the decay we were looking for.

    Odds by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    On the contrary to the factory halls apparently everything was left behind here. Hundreds - from today's view - ancient computers are rotting away in the offices.

    Fabbrica Gigante #10 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    It seems like people left this place in a hurry. But according to our sources the factory was shut down by the government. The reason: This place was responsible for a massive environmental pollution. We will go into detail in just a bit. But at first letís look around the administration building a little longer.

    Fabbrica Gigante #18 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr



    Next to computers and documents there are also some samples left behind. Especially printed fabric was produced here in the past. As mentioned earlier this multiple hectare big compound was part of a nationwide operating family enterprise. In the 19th century production started in the first factory. The company could expand really quickly and in its heyday the business had a significant impact on the economic growth of the country. On world exhibitions the enterprise proudly presented its fabrics. But due to the high costs of all the branches and a huge drop in sales the permanent closure of all the facilities was inevitable in the early 2000s. In the end the company became bankrupt. But at that point this particular factory has already been decommissioned for years.

    Rocket Man by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    Some years ago it was already discussed how to proceed with this abandoned factory in the future. A part of the building complex was supposed to be retained. But in a citizens' forum people decided to transform the site to a pleasure ground. A big pond should also become part of the public garden. But apparently this is more difficult than expected. Due to dangerous waste the ground water is contaminated which is the reason why the site was shut down in the first place. To be able to start the soil cleaning the former thermal power plant was knocked down recently. But since a lot of asbestos was used during the construction of all the buildings, the demolition is a new risk to the environment now. So the recovery measures have been rather sluggish.

    Asbestos by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

    To see more of this place, feel free to watch this video on YouTube:



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    "The factory consists of several seemingly endless halls. But today, all of them are mostly emptied out and itís hard to see what was produced here back then when the place was still active. But our research revealed that this used to be a cotton spinning mill. In the past all these halls were probably packed up to the roof with big machines!"

    Very nice set of images. Pity you could not have stuck your camera inside when it was at full production, the place just hummed and vibrated in that special way large working mills do.

    Certainly not 'packed up to the roof' - Cotton spinning machinery probably stands no more than six foot off the floor, what they do require is floor area and light. Hence the large number of bays in the building and the vast 'North Light' roof structure. A very well known , to those in the business, EU environmental cock up - very good at telling us what to do, but very, very slow at putting their own house in order.

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    Great place, thanks!

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    Beautifully photographed as always. You had a fruitful trip to Italy. It's got so much to offer.

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