Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, Italy.
It has an unfortunate history and is considered by some to be a hot spot for ghosts. During Roman times it was used to isolate thousands of plague victims, and during the three occasions when the black death spread through Europe, the island was effectively used as a plague pit â€” it was considered an efficient way of keeping the infected people separated from the healthy. It is believed that over 160,000 people died on the island throughout its history.
The island was home to a small community until it was abandoned around 1380, during the War of Chioggia between Venice and Genoa.