Collegio Vino - Derelict Boarding School in Italy, July 2018

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30425803307_f9fbb3fe83_b.jpg Nimbus by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

Perched up on a hill somewhere in Italy we discovered this old boarding school. Most parts of the building complex are a construction site at the moment, so we were trying to approach this place on hidden paths. We neither had any information about this college nor did we see any pictures from the interior before. So, completely on our own we were sneaking inside.

30425821237_4c04014391_b.jpg Altar by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

First thing we discovered was this old chapel with nothing but natural decay. In the whole building there isn’t any graffiti or too much vandalism. As it seems this school was strongly Christian-influenced.

30425816217_6f92d25555_b.jpg Chapel by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

The history of this place actually already begins in the Middle Ages. One thousand years ago a castle was built on this hill somewhere in Italy. From the top you're able to overlook the whole area. It's said that the fortress rested here for 500 years until it was destroyed around 1550. Instead a monastery was constructed on the hill.

30425809087_9ca0a1030c_b.jpg Green Zone by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

For around 150 years children have been taught here. During this time several thousand students were educated in this facility. Back then the good reputation preceded the college. But today apparently only a small number of people remembers this site. Because for many years the historical school has been vacant. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find out why it was abandoned in the first place.

30425817647_c834ded49c_b.jpg Collegio Vino #09 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

We assume that this is the old cafeteria. While students were eating here back then, today the color is peeling off, moss is growing on the walls and the glass ceiling is falling down bit by bit.

31489557818_acefbb6fea_b.jpg Collegio Vino #10 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

The whole building complex is extremely ramshackle. Especially the upper floors aren't safe anymore in many of the rooms. We had to be really careful where we step. Wind and weather are taking a toll. If this continues the college won't stand for much longer. But as it seems, it doesn't have to at all.

44450974615_297a79d7b9_b.jpg Toilet With A View by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

By now most parts of the property are a construction site. The adjacent building complex is even nearly completely refurbished by now. Currently the whole compound is turned into a senior residence. In near future this health center is supposed to house 100 older persons. While a part of them will be cared of, some of the other elderly people have the chance to live completely independently in small apartments. 10 million Euro were invested in this project in total to redevelop the prominent spot with stunning panorama.
Soon the works in the first building will be done. Then this complex is next and new life will be breathed into the old classrooms. And who knows? Maybe former students of the institute are now old enough to end up here.

30425804277_2754b95efe_b.jpg Collegio Vino #17 by Broken Window Theory, on Flickr

To see and learn more of this school, watch this documentary on YouTube (this place starts at 6:21):



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Thats what u call a toilet with a view!


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Well that's just beautiful. I'll hope to stumble across this when I head over there next summer. Thanks for sharing :)