So Beautiful, so Horrible
lies Isla de las Muñecas
This island’s name translates to the “Island of the Dolls.” For years, the island’s only inhabitant was a recluse named Don Julián Santana Barrera. According to local lore, he found a young girl drowned in a nearby river one day. Out of respect, he took her doll nearby and hung it from a tree.
He kept hearing her ghost roam ever since that day. Out of fear, hoping to appease the young girl’s spirit, he hung thousands more dolls over the next few decades. He passed away in 2001, near the same river he found the young girl in 50 years earlier.
When you think about the islands that surround Italy, you usually think of amazing cuisine and crystal blue waters. Poveglia, however, was a place of disease and death; trading ships brought the plague there in 1793. Napoleon Bonaparte declared it an island for quarantining sick people in the 1800s.
It’s believed that 100,000 people died from illness or old age at the mental asylum on the island.
North Sentinel Island
If you get near to the shore of this island, you may be met with sharp, deadly arrows and spears. The indigenous people have been virtually untouched for 60,000 years, and they don’t like outsiders.
They killed two fishermen who drifted ashore in 2006.