Manicomi di R

This is a location where you will definitely experience the Halloween vibe, long dark corridors, dark rooms, bring quite a scary atmosphere.

And then the famous surgery room, a few years ago I found a piece of skull here, you keep asking yourself what must have happened here.

You can read stories from sources on the internet that a lot has been experimented with on patients, because they thought they could cure certain syndromes by removing something from your brain.

The term “manicomio” translates to “madhouse”. The manicomio persisted until late 20th Century. This was a time when attitudes towards mental health patient care changed.

a warm welcome by family goat.


This hospital opened  mid-18th century. The complex was built on the site of a former military college. The college had previously been a charitable hospital for the poor.  A year after opening, the institution housed 230 patients, rising to 400 near the end of the 19th Century.

The medical facility housed the “mentecatti“, a term derogatory by modern standards. It meant “half-wit” or “imbecile”. Manicomio di R catered for a wide range of mental disorders. These ranged from dangerously violent maladies, to elderly suffering from dementia. In the early days of operation, there was little to no segregation of this wide spectrum of patients.

In the early 20th century changes in Italian law caused a reorganisation within the hospital. A new law stated that “dangerous madmen” had to be interred separately. Once again the hospital underwent expansion. The hospital was now able to accommodate 600 patients. 

Further changes in Italian law pertaining to treatment facilities and segregating of male and female patients drove further expansion in the 1950’s and 1970’s. At this time the hospital had eight departments spread over several large pavilions. The sprawling site now covered 10 thousand square meters and including a large enclosed park. The quiet men (“Marro”) and quiet women (“Tamburini”) were now housed in separate pavilions. Conversely, the dangerous or “acute” patients resided in a ward with separate containment cells.  The new and improved departments now included; a clinical research laboratory, radiology suite, electrotherapy treatment rooms, dentists office and an operating room. There was also an on-site chapel.

a very large church.Inside the Manicomi where there was plenty of room to pray.

Archive room

Unfortunately someone set fire here. people really have no respect for a piece of history

This was the most bizarre thing I had come across. hidden on the top floor. it looks like a torture bed.

The famous operating room photo taken in 2016

Documents from patients and a piece of a skull.

So many drugs

The building has been hit by an earthquake several times

a lot of damage from an earthquake

One of the most beautiful corridors I have photographed.

On-site I also found a morgue with an autopsy table. It looks like a shepherd turned it into a stable for its sheep. It smelled terrible so I quickly took my pictures and went to the next location.

I couldn’t resist taking some pictures with my drone

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