Half a million for 'haunted' island

Earlier this year we introduced readers to 'the most haunted island in the world'. Poveglia, in the Venetian lagoon, was used for centuries as a place of quarantine, and later housed an asylum that was long troubled by rumours of torture, murder and cannibalism. The hospital was closed in the 1960s and the island is considered off limits for visitors. However, a state auction to sell Poveglia has been won by an Italian businessman, Luigi Brugnaro, who bid €513,000 for the 99-year lease. Brugnaro hopes to invest in the island and bring it back into 'public use'.

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