I’m Janine Pendleton, and I explore the forgotten and lost lands. I explore the globe in quest of incredible deserted places to photograph and share with the public. These once-populated areas, which are now overgrown and dust-covered, are so beautiful.
I set off on a fantastic road trip through Italy in the summer of 2018. I was born and raised in England, where it is frequently rainy and gloomy. I have the wildest hopes about spending the summer in northern Italy. So, in search of sunshine and stunning, exquisite ruins, I set off on a long road journey.
As part of a road trip that also covered southern France and Belgium, I spent 10 days in Italy. I visited 37 incredible deserted sites in Italy. Over 500 photographs were taken with my pathetic camera throughout my vacation. The journey covered the northern part of Italy over a distance of more than 2000 kilometres. I meandered through northern Italy looking for faded beauty in both the countryside and the towns. My objective was to stop at as many of the spots on my route map as I could.
I visited many beautiful Italian villas, ranging from perfect time capsules to collapsing ruins. I’d had enough of the rusted machinery and industrial settings. I also strolled through the gloomy hallways of several “Manicomio” Italian asylums are artifacts of antiquated views on mental health care. I also visited schools, sanatoriums, hotels, theaters, tramway stations, churches, and tramway stations.
One of the most unforgettable tours took occurred in the desolate hallways of a closed mental hospital.
My exploration was a race against time as the light dwindled because the sun was quickly lowering.
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#1 This greenhouse is hidden by thick vegetation, and as time goes on, the wrought ironwork rusts to a brown color
#2 The beautiful light mint green color used to paint this villa in the Baroque and Classical Revival styles
#3 An abandoned Italian mansion has windows that let in soft afternoon light
#4 This Italian convent that has been abandoned dates to the 1600s
#5 The grand, lavishly decorated entrance hall of the 17th-century villa
#6 In this deteriorating Italian villa, which looks out onto a picturesque lake, algae clings to crumbling plaster
#7 Northern Italy’s opulent Art Nouveau theater
#8 An abandoned asylum contains a clinic with turquoise tiles. This belonged to the maternity and gynecology section
#9 This indoor garden has a fascinating Asian design. In the foreground of the photograph, there are the remains of a rockery and a spiral-armed water feature
#10 This abandoned house has an unusual spiral staircase within. Its handrail is covered with crimson velvet, and dogs are depicted running on the metal work
#11 Beautiful Natural Decay Within A Collapsing Convent
#12 Since the late 1970s, this gorgeous blue funicular tramway has been abandoned
#13 Since the late 2000s, this breathtaking chapel has lain empty
#14 An abandoned power plant’s control room is accessible via this walkway
#15 An old sanatorium in the Italian mountains has a bathroom where a sapling is growing
#16 Inside the maternity ward of a former asylum, a lonely baby cot
#17 A Dim and Dreadful Hallway Of A Dying Mental Hospital
#18 This Chapel Belonged To A Religious Organization That Belonged To One Of The “Sacred Families” As Did The Rest Of The Sanatorium (La Sacra Famiglia)
#19 The soft pink and peach colors in this cobweb-covered bedroom are gorgeous. The Late Afternoon Sun Shining Through The Open Window Highlighted These
#20 Interesting Corridor in a defunct hydroelectric facility
#21 This abandoned villa’s walls and ceilings are decorated with lovely frescoes. The upper floors and roof have collapsed
#22 Italian mental hospitals like this one were forced to close in the late 20th century. They remain as a painful reminder of a time when patients were housed in these antiquated institutions and mental health was poorly understood
#23 Amazing light beams flood this bright abandoned room of an artist’s home as the sun sets
#24 Above this abandoned staircase, delicate pink paint is peeling from the ceiling
#25 This villa dates back to the nineteenth century. It used to be the home of a prominent local businessman who owned a cement factory
#26 It’s Been Almost Two Decades Since This Five-Star Hotel Was Last Operated. Amazing Parties Must Have Once Been Held in This Ballroom
#27 One of the more contemporary Italian villas I saw has this bedroom
#28 Inside This Abandoned House, A Shell-Like Decoration Fans Out From The Top Of The Staircase
#29 An abandoned sanitarium’s children’s dormitory. Before there were antibiotics, patients with a variety of respiratory illnesses, including tuberculosis, were treated with sunlight and fresh air
#30 Trophies and other memorabilia are displayed in this cozy home, which was once occupied by a football coach
#31 Inside of this abandoned hydroelectric power plant, vegetation is creeping up the walls and over the floor
#32 a dim, musty music room inside a long-gone university