The island first came to be referenced in chronicles in 421 AD, when people from Padua and Este fled there to escape the barbaric invasions. In the IX century the island started to be intensely populated, and in the following centuries its importance grew steadily, until it was governed by a dedicated Podestà. In 1379 Venice came under attack from the Genoan fleet; the people of Poveglia were moved to the Giudecca, and the Venetian government built on the island a permanent fortification, called "the Octagon," still visible today. The island remained uninhabited in the following centuries; in 1527 the doge offered the island to the Camaldolese monks, but they refused the offer.
In 1961 the descendants of the original inhabitants were offered to reconstruct their village on the island, but they refused too. In 1777 the island came under the jurisdiction of the Magistrato alla Sanità (Public Health Office), and became a check point for all goods and people coming to and going from Venice by ship. In 1793, there were several cases of the plague on two ships, and consequently the island was transformed into a temporary confinement station for the ill lazzaretto, this role became permanent in 1805, under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, who also had the old church of San Vitale destroyed; the old bell tower was converted into a lighthouse. The lazzaretto was closed in 1814.
In the 20th century the island was again used as a quarantine station, but in 1922, the existing buildings were converted into venetian retirement homes. This went on until 1968, when the retirement homes were no longer used, and the island, after being shortly used for agriculture, was completely abandoned.
A legend states that in 1922 a mental hospital was built on the island. The legend states that a particular mental health doctor tortured and butchered many of the patients, before going "mad" and jumping to his death from the bell tower. According to that same legend, he survived the fall, but was 'strangled by a mist that came up from the ground'. Its ruins remain to this day
I just wanted to explain a little about were i'm going with this mod. I got the idea
when I saw on TV about people who go around to various haunted buildings and trying to
capture ghosts on cameras. They can be really scary sometimes.
And then I also thought of Fatal Frame also known as Project Zero. Which seems to be a
really scary game. I have only seen my friend play it, and they used cameras to protect
themselves from supernatural phenomena. I really need to buy the game soon.
Anyway, In my mod you're a young amateur ghost hunter, he is a bit of a loner who always
has worked with himself. After many investigations of haunted buildings, he has not even
catch a dustcorn on image so that he can lie and say it's a orb.
He decides to go for the real deal, that he has read and heard so much about but which are
prohibited to the public.
So he packs his equipment and book a flight to Venice. When he tries to talk to the locals
about povegelia they only stir at him don't even open their mouths, 2 days later he
succeeds in bribing a local fisherman for a big sum of money to drop him on the island.
The fisherman tell him to come to harbor next morning...
Poveglia Island, off the coast of Venice, Italy, is one of the world's darkest epicenters. According to legend, the island was formed from the ashes of burned plague victims, criminals and mental patients who were exiled there.