If you have been following me on Instagram, you might have noticed that right before Christmas I went to the north of Italy together with a couple of friends from Turkey. Our ‘abandoned north tour’ took in Lombardy and Piedmont, which are the westernmost regions in northern Italy. We visited abandoned factories, ghost towns, former mental asylums and more locations, all of which featured in my latest urbex video (check it out!). Here are the abandoned places we saw in Lombardy:
After my best friend’s big, fat, Balkan wedding and a few days wandering around Skopje, the time arrived to explore the rest of the country. So I rented a car, swore for a good 20 minutes imagining a whole week on the (Balkan) roads without an automatic drive and finally took to the ‘Mother Teresa’ highway. Next stop: Mavrovo National Park.
The greatest feature of these three ghost towns is that they all overlook a beautiful valley, which made me wonder why someone would ever have left that panoramic position. This was before reaching them by driving along the steepest and most uneven hill roads ever, which -eventually- made everything perfectly clear. ;-)
The Lisbon Water Museum shows the history of the public water supply of the city. Held by Lisbon’s water company EPAL, the water museum consists of four spaces scattered throughout the city, four buildings built between the 18th and the 19th century that are part of the historical heritage of the city and -therefore- inscribed into the UNESCO’s world heritage list. But, unlike any other UNESCO site, they aren’t crowded with tourists!
It’s very hot in Rome at the moment but we, urban explorers, don’t get discouraged easily. And so last Sunday we met in the backyard of Teatro India, the fringe side of the more central Teatro Argentina, inside a former candle-and-soap factory just across the river from the Ostiense neighbourhood. But our plan wasn’t to sit inside a theatre and enjoy a show: we wanted to explore the surrounding area alongside the river and the ancient Magliana road (Via Magliana Antica) as far as Montecucco hill.