Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy

Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Italy

A tuberculosis sanatorium in Italy that later became a general hospital with a huge chapel and traditional Italian architecture.

Visited June 2018  Italy Italy Closed, Abandoned

In 1911 the construction of the sanatorium was proposed, as a forerunner in Italy’s anti-tubercular struggle. The sanatorium opened in 1924 and completely fulfilled the hospitalisation requirements of TB patients. Further pavilions were built, the first in 1929 which had accommodation for 800 women, and another in 1930 which could accommodate 1000 children.

Archive image of the sanatorium
Archive image of the sanatorium

The sanatorium was situated in an area covered by magnificent pine forest. It was built far from large conurbations of the population, away from busy roads and establishments that could alter the purity of the air, while the forest protected it from the winds. The climate was consistently cooler than in the city, better ventilated in summer and less foggy in autumn.

Following the contraction of the sanatoria sector, due to the advent of the antibiotic era, the availability of hospital beds progressively increased to around half of the accommodation capacity. From 1955 the establishment became a mixed use sanatorium and hospital until the 1970s, and as a general hospital thereafter. The hospital closed in 2015 when a neighbouring purpose built hospital opened to replace the ageing buildings of the old sanatorium.

Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - The hospital as it looks today
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – The hospital as it looks today

Main Entrance and Admin Block

Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Main entrance lobby
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Main entrance lobby
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Reception desk in the entrance
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Reception desk in the entrance
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Staircase in the admin block
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Staircase in the admin block
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Staircase in the admin block
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Staircase in the admin block
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - One of the grand rooms in the admin block
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – One of the grand rooms in the admin block
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Room with nice ornate ceiling
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Room with nice ornate ceiling
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Rear of the admin block looks out onto the chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Rear of the admin block looks out onto the chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - View towards the chapel and main hospital
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – View towards the chapel and main hospital
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Exterior view of the admin block
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Exterior view of the admin block
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - These fantastic corridors link to the main hospital buildings
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – These fantastic corridors link to the main hospital buildings
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Huge windows in the corridors
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Huge windows in the corridors

Main Hospital Buildings

Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Main hospital buildings with rooftop pavilions
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Main hospital buildings with rooftop pavilions
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - One of the hospital rooms
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – One of the hospital rooms
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Archive image of one of the hospital rooms
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Archive image of one of the hospital rooms
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Room with a bed frame
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Room with a bed frame
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Wheelchair in a corridor
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Wheelchair in a corridor
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Curtains hanging in a ward
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Curtains hanging in a ward
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Treatment beds
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Treatment beds
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Treatment beds
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Treatment beds
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Surgery with operating light
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Surgery with operating light
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Small operating theatre with light
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Small operating theatre with light

The Central Chapel

Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Exterior of the chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Exterior of the chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Interconnecting corridor to chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Interconnecting corridor to chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - Inside the huge chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – Inside the huge chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - View down the chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – View down the chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy - View across the chapel
Tuberculosis Sanatorium / Hospital, Italy – View across the chapel
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