World's most haunted island up for auction

Poveglia. Image Wikimedia Commons

A small island off the coast of Italy near Venice is on the auction block in May. The Italian government wants to sell a 99-yard lease on the island of Poveglia to anybody brave enough to buy it, according to CNN Money, Gizmodo and

The notorious island is known as the most haunted place in the world, according to Time. Located only five miles off the coast, it used to be the quarantined territory for those infected by the plague in the Middle Ages. Later, in the beginning of the 20th century, an insane asylum was built on the island.

The institution was run by a doctor known for cruel experiments and botched lobotomies, according to and the Independent. The doctor reportedly killed himself jumping off the bell tower, according to the Independent. The place was abandoned and deserted after the asylum was closed.

The island has set empty ever since, visited by few ghost-hunters and thrill-seekers.

It will go up for sale in May. A British media outlet reached out to the Italian government asking for a price but the officials didn't comment on that.

These photos were taken from a YouTube video uploaded by the British travel writer Robin Saikia who traveled to the island a few years ago.