Real Asylum Horror Stories: Child Abuse In Abandoned Mental Hospital – Urbex Lost Places Italy


Previously on Broken Window Theory: During our most exciting urbex road trip so far, we came across this massive concrete structure somewhere in Italy. Together with our local guide tobi_urbex and the YouTubers Bryan and Michael from The Proper People we wanted to find out what was hidden behind these forgotten walls. Next to big dorm rooms and a fully stocked hospital ward we also discovered several old chapels. We couldn’t believe our eyes! Italy was holding so many surprises for us. So, let’s see what other stunning places we can find on our hunt for abandonments in this beautiful country! You know you’re going to have a good day when your morning begins like this. We woke up in the middle of nowhere, ready for another trip through the Italian history. Our main destination of this day is one of the most sinister places we have explored so far. It’s another one of those derelict Italian asylums again where patients were treated in the most inhumane way possible. And as it seems even children were doomed to grow up here. But before we focus more on that sad place, we’ll show you what we have discovered on the side of the road when we were traveling to the psychiatry. Only in Italy you will find abandonments like this! It’s a richly ornamented manor house with an impressive history. However, we don’t have to be worried about the guard dog anymore. Well, at least we hope so. This place is called “Villa Minetta”. The – during his days – richest man of all of Italy used to live here once. Unbelievable! But just take a look at all these fine details and the splendid architecture and you know that this was a place of pomp and pageantry. While the five-storied building is completely empty today, it used to be the center of living. Still today, the basement party room is a remnant of all those great feasts which were celebrated here. The surrounding park has an area of six hectares in total. So, there was plenty of space for excesses. Oh, and apparently somebody must have been really thirsty. Because all those bottles are completely empty! This palace features characteristics from different ages. So, it’s not clear when Villa Minetta was constructed. Especially since it was rebuilt many times. Today’s appearance dates back to the 20th century. Nowadays, this remarkable mansion is rotting away. It was raided several times, is lying in ruins and close to collapse. After the wealthy count moved to another estate, the war parties became interested in Villa Minetta. During World War Two fascist Italy was allied to the Third Reich. In the former dance hall you now only heard the boots of the so-called Schutzstaffel. SS-soldiers from Nazi Germany had lodged themselves. After the liberation by the Allies this building became the headquarters of a fascist resistance group. Also the years after that the story of this place continued to be exciting. Unfortunately, we don’t have any time left to show you more of this site since this was supposed to be only a short stop. Today the impressive history of Villa Minetta is in danger of disappearing. So, we recommend you to read more about this place. We promise you, it’s worth your time! Here we are now: At our primary target for this video. By now Manicomio di V has been abandoned for 20 years and overgrown in many places. People who were imprisoned here in the past, probably can’t understand why we want to get inside so badly. Because as we mentioned earlier in this episode, this place has a very sad history and people had to endure great suffering. But let’s start at the beginning. In 1876, this hospital complex was inaugurated. With an area of over 60.000 square meters the asylum was like a small town. It was one of the most secure and best controlled facilities in the region. It was constructed far away from the surrounding cities, so the mad could be separated from the healthy people. Today, almost 150 years later, the derelict psychiatry is bedded between offices and apartment buildings in the middle of a bigger town. The structure is falling apart bit by bit. And nature is reclaiming the place. You have seen how massive this compound is. Unfortunately, we were only able to explore a small part of it since the building complex is still partly active. Some offices are housed here at the other side of the property. That’s why power is still working in some areas. An unbelievable amount of items was left behind here. This place is like a museum! There’s even still someone lying in one of these beds. Well, or at least what’s left of him. At one end of the psychiatry we discovered this circular wing. Here the most violent patients were placed back then. In total more than 1.000 mentally ill people could be accommodated in the asylum at the same time. For that around 400 employees needed to work here. Initially, the symmetrical building complex was divided in two halves. There was one area for female and one area for male patients. During the second half of the 20th century this isolation ended, men and women weren’t separated any more. As a result even relationships started. There’s the story of Luigina und Mario who fell in love here and married in the church of the hospital. From now on they lived together – in the same cell. This was one of the very few nice episodes from the mental house. But unfortunately, the dark chapters are dominating. In the beginning of the 20th century, it didn’t need much for you to get detained here. One simple fight on the streets of one of the surrounding communities could already be enough to bring you behind the bars of this asylum. So, many patients weren’t even sick in the first place. Maybe they were just people who couldn’t follow the strict rules of the Italian society. And for that they were treated here as if they had a disease. We even found a ward where nurses were trained in the past. But what’s way more terrifying: There was a sector in which orphan children grew up. Mothers gave away their illegitimate babies and so did parents who couldn’t live with the shame of having a disabled child. But also poor families that couldn’t afford to feed another infant. However, this isn’t exactly a place where children should grow up – surrounded by so much pain and fear. But also the kids themselves were raised using dubious methods. This device was used for photostimulation. While patients were exposed to flickering light, their brain activity was measured. Although there was a risk of getting spasm and seizures. Like in all the other Italian psychiatries from that time the treatment was nearly the same as torture. Back then people thought electric shocks and lobotomy were the only way to heal mental illness. But instead of curing the patients they became limp. So, staff had the only benefit from it because it was now easier to handle the patients. Often people remained imprisoned here for their whole life. But that life was rather short. If death wasn’t a consequence of operations, people probably starved or froze to death here. Until the horror ended in 1978. The Basaglia law, which we explained in detail in our recent Italian asylum video, became active. Now downsizing had started. Patients were transferred to other facilities or even released to the community. This process took 20 years until the hospital finally closed down in 1998. Bryan and Michael from The Proper People were joining us on that adventure. They also produced a video about this place. You can find the link to their channel in the video description. Take a look if you want to see more of this eerie site. As we already mentioned, the former hospital almost resembles a museum today. It’s unbelievable what was left behind here and reminds of the past’s terror. So, we see this place more as memorial. We need places like this, so the terrible past won’t repeat ever again. So we’ve already reached the end of today’s episode again. As always I hope you guys enjoyed it. Today I’m here again because we’re looking for your ideas! In early 2018 we participated in a photo contest and we even won! After that one of our most favorite urbex stills was printed in Germany’s biggest travel magazine and we even received an expensive camera lens as a prize. In the future we would like to participate in more of those competitions. Now here is where you come in! If you’re aware of a contest in which we can participate with our photos or videos, just let us know. That might be a photographic competition, a participation in an exhibition, a grant or something completely different. Help us share our content and you will receive a present from us as thank-you if we decide to take up on your suggestion. Got it? Just send us a private message with your ideas. I’ll see you guys next time thanks again for the support! Next time on Broken Window Theory: Narrow roads are leading us up the hilly countryside of Italy. Here we discover impressive abandonments which are characterized by decades of vacancy. Our first stop is “Blue Chapel”. It’s another former boarding school with a beautiful church. After that we head to a derelict sanatorium. Nothing but natural decay made this exploration an unforgettable experience. Don’t miss this next episode, guys! Which of the two buildings in today’s episode do you like more? Tell us why! And if you enjoy our videos, please consider helping us on Patreon. Only our supporters made this Italy road trip possible in the first place. And right now we’re already planning our next big adventure. Keep exploring, fellows!

99 thoughts on “Real Asylum Horror Stories: Child Abuse In Abandoned Mental Hospital – Urbex Lost Places Italy

  1. If you're aware of a contest in which we can participate with our photos or videos, please let us know. That might be a photographic competition, a participation in an exhibition, a grant or something completely different. Help us share our content and you will receive a present from us as thank-you if we decide to take up on your suggestion. Got it? Just send us a private message with your ideas as email or on Facebook or Instagram. Thanks for the support!

  2. That was the best 13 minutes I have ever spent watching a video! Gentlemen, you are very talented. Thank you again, for quality entertainment!

  3. Both locations were amazing. You left me wanting more. Especially at the first location. My only wish is that you had more time there to teach us (in depth) it's incredible history as well. 🙂
    Thank you for creating another fantastic video!

  4. So much sadness and horror in such a beautiful setting. I wonder if the nature surrounding the building has absorbed all the negative vibes to rid the place of it. Truly heartbreaking, especially since some people were institutionalized just because the were deemed "inconvenient" to society.

  5. Your work makes me feel like you have taken my hand and you are guiding me through all the wonderful adventures that you do.

  6. Vielen Dank für dieses super Urbexvideo, BWT. 👍👍👍 Ich finde das Manicomio Di V. besser, weil man sich sehr gut anhand des zurückgelassenen Equipments, sowie Tills tollen Erklärungen 👏 und den Schwarzweißfotos (inbesondere das arme wehrlose Kleinkind bei Minute 9:17 🙁 ) vorstellen kann, wie es damals in zu Betriebszeiten in dieser (Horror)Psychiatrie zuging. Eure Videos sind immer wieder toll. Bis zum nächsten Video und viele Grüße 😊😊😊

  7. that was a fantastic video with some really awesome shots – i like your cinematography, guys, which cams are you currently using? i've been thnking of upgrading for a long time, just can't decide what to get.
    anyway, congrats on that episode!!!

  8. Dark, yet intriguing history. As always your videos are amazing. I prefer your abandoned style videos over anyone else's. Sent a few contest ideas your way.

  9. I deeply admire the respect and empathy you show for the past, including the souls who once wandered these places. You put so much thoughtfulness and research into detailing the history of each location. Your cinematography is breathtaking and the attention to detail is exquisite. I absolutely adore your videos!

  10. PLEASE make a coffee table book of all the stills you take, love your videos but I also like sharing them totally in love with History …

  11. Super Kameraführung und auch die Details gefilmt 👍
    In 9:07 sieht man übrigens ein sogenanntes Stehgerät für Kinder die z.B Querschnittsgelähmt sind oder sonst nicht aufstehen können. Sieht erst einmal wie Quälerei aus, hat aber seinen Sinn. Da können Kinder mit Hilfe stehen und ist gut für die Organe und beugt Sehnenverkürzungen vor.
    Dann ist später ein EEG – Gerät (Gehirnschrift) zu sehen. Es zeichnet Gehirnströme auf. Das Krankenhaus schien für neurologische Störungen ausgerichtet sein. Daher wohl auch die vielen Rollstühle. Einen Ansatz für Quälungen sehe ich im Film gerade nicht. Das war vor der Schließung wohl schon vorbei.
    Ansonsten sehr schönes Video. Wäre gern dabei gewesen!

  12. Yes a very much enjoy your videos… Oh so sad to see the Asylum and the way people were treated that was awful… I wish I could help you on patreon dot-dot-dot but must keep my own head above water… I'm sure you understand will keep my eyes open for contest congratulations you guys you're wonderful keep up the good work

  13. Your explorations are always so interesting. This one was tinged with sadness and a realization of how cruel life was just a very short time ago.

  14. It's amazing how your teams style and video can make some place so tragic seem so beautiful. You have such respect for the places you go. Thank you for another wonderful vid.

  15. Thank god this place closed down but thank you for yet another great video with lots of information, love your Channel and videos. 👍👍👍👍👍

  16. Ideally enjoy your pics and vids or homes, villas, castles, more than the big industrial structures. I like to imagine how the people lived. Your work on doing the research and telling the stories helps bring these abandoned places to life. Sort of. 💕 I loved the images and story behind Villa Minetti.

    The pics you found of the children and adults so badly treated in the psychiatric asylum were amazing. Sad and appalling but amazing. What an awful place.
    Thanks for another great video BWT, you’re the best!

  17. I love the way you speak English. Your voice is so soothing and filled with compassion as you explain to your viewers what you are experiencing. Several times you brought me to tears thinking about what those people must have gone through. My ancestors were from Italy and left in 1916. Please keep up the amazing videos, but please do not get into trouble during your adventures.

  18. I really love your videos and the information about the place. I wish you would've had more time exploring the mansion in the beginning. Such a shame that luxury looking mansion is left to decay. Fantastic videos guys, thank you.

  19. I find these videos that you make..extremely fascinating! ! Thank you so much for taking us on these historical journeys …

  20. Wow as always Stunning Video!… Professionally Made, Quality Content! 👌👍👏
    Great job guys! 😍😘👐👣❤
    The place is Haunting!

  21. Always wait your new video.. Lovelly so much coz know about another story of another world,, i hope someday can follow you are all in there.. Good jobs guys..

  22. You guys are always making such interesting and informative videos every time I get a notifications I drop everything to watch a video of yours

  23. Want to take a moment to say. I started out watching these types of videos with Bros of decay but when I stumbled onto your channel. I was floored by the proper time and respect you show for each place you explore. You take the time to give history and actually research these places. You have won my heart for your efforts and respect of these forgotten places. I love you guys!!!♥♥♥ I am watching you all the way from Texas! Keep up the great work! You are awesome.

  24. tragic and horrible place! The story is so true, these places even in the States! I have had some experience with a place as a child where I lived! This video makes such a big statement about what life was like for the mentally Ill so tragic and depressing! The house or manor was amazing guys another great video =! Congratulations on your Photo contest!

  25. Thank You , you always have great videos and narrate so beautifully.. you also are respectful to your surroundings unlike some that go and root around and tear up as they investigate.. peace , and love guys ..best of luck on your journeys..😉💗

  26. Broken Window Theory, HEY Till, Tobi and Marco! I tried to look for more info on Villa Minetta but most of it is just other explorers talking about it or in some cases talking about "villa SOLD, x bedrooms…" as a real estate ad etc… -_- I did see some photos though of the painting of the ceilings which looked amazing! Anyways, this was another great angle of this place as I had already seen Bryan and Michael's video on it so the "guy" who "went to pieces" in that bed was not a surprise to me. xD

    I didn't however know that just average people would get locked away in this place. The image of the child in that crate was…. speechless ….
    Overall this was a great video and I always ♥ the aerial shots. That water looked so nice, the trees and mountains, wish I were there! I also liked the changing music & transitions and of course Till's voice work ^_~ to help set the tone for different parts of the video.
    Congrats on the win! That photo was fantastic! I tried briefly looking up a few myself and I guess we're just supposed to use the "Business Inquiries" link? I'll send an email your way. Thanks again for the video, have a great week! ^_^

  27. I'm so in awe of you guys and your beautiful videos! You make history interesting n I always want to know more! You would fill a university classroom everyday! I'll be giving some thought to ideas to help you out! Wonderful video guys. Can't wait for the next one! Stay safe n God Bless from Nevada, USA.

  28. Having a handicap child, this video hit close to home for me. . .thank you for sharing, showing respect and compassion for those poor souls there. . . Amazing video. .

  29. You always bring us the most beautiful visuals, whether they are of places with happy pasts or sinister ones. Your camping place was perfect, and I thank you for filming the butterflies as well as the amazing drone footage. The manor house was a true gem, and it looks as if Rituals might have been held there…Strega is not at all uncommon in Italy. It is so sad to see such beauty crumbling, but Nature will always take back those places we neglect.

    The sanitarium was very well built, and the architecture sublime…of course, you take good advantage of light and contrast, angle and framing…and it always shows. My only fault would be that your videos could be much longer. I become engrossed in what you are showing and telling me…and suddenly it is over, leaving me wanting more.

    Congratulations on winning that competition, it was a wonderful photo and a well deserved win. This Italy trip was fabulous for you, and you gained Tobi as a member too. I’m so pleased that you could take a journey like this and let us tag along. I only wish I could give you more each month on Patreon because you are worth what I do give and more. Thank you again for all that you do.🖤🇨🇦

  30. Perfection: a dark, historied asylum… in abandoned Italy… by BWT. Great vid guys. Also loved Villa Minetta. Now I have to do some Minetta digging on YT! TY 🙏🏻

  31. Amazing video, you are very talented! Great narration and glimpse of history. Just subscribed so I don't miss any of these. Congratulations on your photo contest. Will email you some contest suggestions.

  32. Great video, you're not like ordinary groups of explores of abandoned places that I've been seeing, you built up history and it catches my eye I would love if it lasts more.

  33. Bullshit. Putting scary music,talkin with low voice,writting scary caption doesn't make this video scary and interesting!! Nothing special,sorry but dislike!

  34. Something called Monovision (website) currently has a call for entries.  Black and white photos only but there is  category for architecture.

  35. Stumbled upon your video by accident The photography is breathtaking outstanding job thank you for not rushing thru your the buildings

  36. I’m so glad I found your channel. It only makes me want to go to all those places I’ve always wanted to go, even more! Amazing cinematic shots and great history insights!!

  37. i dig your style. it's creepy. staged but elegant. your content is intriguing. baffling and enticing. surreal and and encompassing. i'm enthralled. completely immersed. thanks for the journey

  38. One of the best exploration channels …. you film so well it seems we ourselve are moving through the place. Keep up the awesome work.

  39. Asylum…. The places where they hypnotic you and control your brain…. I think that parents are dumb to put their kid in a asylum.

  40. Lets be honest, children's asylums, were the Jeffery Epsteins of the past.
    Made beautiful, so unkowing parents, happily dropped their kids off.. and abandoned them.
    Think of all the rapes. Tortures. And experiments done.
    I'm sure many kids were "disappeared".
    Jimmy Savile, Boystown.. it just goes on and on.

  41. That déjà vu feeling when you realize you thought the same exact things on the Proper People. Well this seems more of a week done finished product, the PP had a real time journalistic feeling to it. A bit more edgier. An adventurous feel. Both are great.

  42. Those bones were t real though. Right? I mean it was next to a fake hand and if they were real they wouldn't be that clean and white

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