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Abandoned Palace: 600-Year-Old Time Capsule – Urbex Lost Places Italy

December 3, 2019

Previously on Broken Window Theory: During our Italy road trip in July 2018 we discovered two enormous concrete blocks which simply didn’t fit in the hilly countryside of Tuscany. What seemed rather ugly and plain from the outside, was actually a paradise for urban explorers from the inside. In this old summer camp with extensive hospital ward everything was left behind in the past. Today mold and moss are conquering the endless halls and rooms of this enormous structure. Since we love capturing decay, this place was just perfect for us. So, how can this site be topped? Well, the answer to that is awaiting you in today’s episode. This derelict palace is our destination for today’s exploration. It looks like this place would have been falling apart for ages already. But actually, this building complex was still inhabited in 2005. Together with The Proper People we are searching for a way inside. According to our information there should be an entrance on this side of the mansion. But there’s a problem: “Is this right?”
– “Yeah.” Everywhere there is dense undergrowth with stinging nettles. “It’s everywhere!” “No, this is all of it. All these plants.” “My legs are fucking on fire right now!” “Why why do plants need to sting you?” No, this isn’t a pleasant experience so far. But we know that this old manor-house will be worth all the trouble. And as it seems, we just found a way inside. “Let’s go.” “It’s probably the cellar, which is pretty awesome. And ehm there’s a stairway which goes up, so we should be fine” This fast growing vegetation in Italy is like a natural protective shield that’s keeping away intruders from abandoned buildings. However, it didn’t work with us because now we’re standing in the cellar. We’re glad to have found a way in, because we know this site will be one of the big highlights of our road trip. Already down here we find untouched relics from the past which were simply left behind. “Long way down.” “I wonder how far it goes down.” Although our footage so far is looking like this building is completely remote, it’s actually located in the middle of a small village somewhere in the North of Italy. The property, on which the palace is standing, was originally a present to a group of monks. But real quick the whole area got under control of a powerful aristocratic family. It was them who constructed this mansion between the 14th and 15th century. But to be honest, this resembles more of a castle than a traditional villa. Meanwhile we have found a way upstairs. At first, we’re entering the kitchen in which apparently everything was left behind when the property was abandoned. What we love the most about places like this is the vintage charm you can barely find anywhere else today. “This has to be… oregano.” “Watch this!” We were surprised about discovering a fridge of General Motors from the 1960s. On the inside: Pots and pans everywhere. And also the remaining part of the kitchen is like a well-preserved time capsule. “Some of them are shrunken already.” “Michael do you wanna eat one of those olives?” “Let’s see what this smells like.” “Who wants to waft?” “I did a little waft and that was very… it smell like I put my nose right in there.” “What kind of music can you make with four keys Michael?” Over the course of the centuries this building complex remained in possession of the famous noble family. Generations of warlords spent many years of their lives here using the place as a hunting lodge. In the 17th century the castle-like villa was even expanded. The last resident however was an engineer and artist who lived here with his wife and several children. Today this can only be guessed but a few years ago there were way more pictures, art books and canvas stands. Unfortunately, thieves are stealing from the dead here consistently. Even a valuable telescope was already taken away. And what didn’t get swiped or destroyed, falls victim to decay. A couple of years ago a roof collapsed and buried a work room under it. It’s a good thing that other photographers were able to capture these chambers for posterity. But the whole structure is close to breaking down. The prominent tower is only held together by pillars and tension belts. Here in the former gatehouse the old chapel is located. Also this one is already in such a bad condition that it might cave in soon. Probably along with the whole tower. After the artist passed and the children moved away, the old lady was living all by herself in the big palace. She reached an age of far beyond 100 years before she eventually died. Why the heirs weren’t dealing with the numerous left-behind items is a mystery to us. Next to religious symbols of all kinds and the vintage furniture we already showed you, we made several other odd discoveries. Like this for example. Help us out here: Is this shotgun ammunition? This however, is something we’re more familiar with: An old model railway. Today this impressive piece of architecture is left to rot. Although this 600-year-old palace is featuring an impressive history, there are no plans for saving the site. Due to the bad shape of the structure, any kind of re-use is highly unlikely. And so, nature is reclaiming the place more and more. During our exploration we were discovering plenty of creatures which were retrieving in these old ruins. The Proper People have even filmed a scorpion as you can see on this footage. Humankind however isn’t interested in this compound anymore. For us personally this palace is so impressive that it already appears unreal. We’re always surprised about the hidden and almost untouched time capsules we’re able to discover on our adventures. Even when this place might collapse soon, it will never vanish. Thanks to all the urban explorers who are documenting this unique structure before decay is taking all of it. Next time on Broken Window Theory: What a spectacular place to explore! This radar base in the mountains was a must-go for us. Since we even spent the night here, we were able to experience the site in two completely different moods. After that we were heading to the fourth and final asylum of our great road trip. But this one was different than the others, because here the revolution started that changed the face of the Italian health system forever. Guys, we’re really grateful about all the support we’re receiving from you lately! May it be on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, on Patreon or elsewhere. Your help and appreciation are huge motivators for us. Thanks for being a part of BWT! Until next time and keep exploring!

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  • Reply Broken Window Theory March 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    This weekend we were on a sick urbex trip in Eastern Germany for two days. However, a hurricane forced us to stop and head home. We will come back to that region soon because there are heaps of super cool bandos! Subscribe to this channel to don't miss any of those upcoming episodes!

  • Reply L L March 11, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Very great video 👍 🙋🕊️ of that beautiful place!

  • Reply me nkat March 11, 2019 at 11:58 am

    As always your work is amazing, thank you 👍👍
    Yes those were shotgun shells.

  • Reply capturebyniels March 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm


  • Reply OP-EAA MUSIC LABEL LTD March 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Beauty and Shame at the Same time…. Why aren't these beautiful places kept… You should take what you can whilst you can I know it seems wrong to take but no one is going to take care of it so please please don't let it all go to waste SAVE what you can inside it mmm… I you CAN do it….. It would be to its HONOR not its Detriment

  • Reply OP-EAA MUSIC LABEL LTD March 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Take the Furniture and the belongings and then we can keep it in Prosperity somewhere else…..why is this not something someone is thinking about I kno you go to look at these placea but keep what you can whilst you can as Humans Don't give. A shit.only those who have a lov n appreciation for architecture and history who knows I YOU don't take it and giv it to a historical museum or place to display it what will happen to it….. Please [email protected]

  • Reply Robert Strong March 11, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Absolutely amazingly beautiful…and NO GRAFFITI. Thanks so much for your beautiful videos.

  • Reply Brandon Woodward March 11, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Fantastic job as always, the piano trick was pretty clever.

  • Reply Gary Roberton March 11, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Time leaves a window open so the future can see a bit of the past. Remnants of life, tattered and frail, it will close eventually. All that will remain will be the pictures that are taken, and even memory is eclipsed , and no person alive will have any recollection of what has been. Thanks for the look at things from an age ago.

  • Reply Christine Ingram March 11, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Beautiful old place such a shame nature is taking it over..Great video 😀

  • Reply Alice Aguilar March 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm


  • Reply challenge crew March 11, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    What Utter stupidiness on the part of Man for allowing this to happen,those responsible should be held accountable and brought to justice.

  • Reply Dixie Girl March 12, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Another Great Find & Fabulous Video. Thank You!!😊

  • Reply Beema March 12, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Yes, those were shotgun ammunition. Amazing place. Thank you.

  • Reply Diane Kulhavy March 12, 2019 at 1:54 am

    What an amazing place!!! I'm curious….Even if a place like this has been abandoned for so many years, and some of the furnishings look like they are still in good condition, why can't they be saved? I know all you explorers follow a very strict code of not taking anything from places you explore…right? It's bad juju!! I guess I was thinking if some things can saved, why not donate them? It's obvious no one wants them anymore. Maybe someone out there can explain this to me..?

  • Reply Jenni Lang March 12, 2019 at 5:05 am

    That wooden beam over that bed was MASSIVE! I don't think I'd have gotten much sleep under that… 😮

  • Reply BilisNegra March 12, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Thank you for documenting this no-doubt soon to disappear site. Some really beautiful footage in there. Have no doubt your work is highly appreciated. Keep it up!

  • Reply M€T∆L*CHICK💋 March 12, 2019 at 11:57 am


  • Reply Patricia Calunniato March 12, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you for showing us everything you do

  • Reply brettwrb March 12, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    10 gauge shotgun shells, I'm sure they did a lot of hunting. Italy makes some of the best shotguns in the world.

  • Reply Anna Grant March 12, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Fabulous photography, narration and music to fit the mood of loss, decay. Why am so drawn to this subject?

  • Reply Tamarra James March 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Yet another masterpiece from you. This castle was a major treasure trove of historical home life, and it is amazing to see so much still there after so long. It is always a shame to see these places knowing they have not long to remain, but there is a true beauty to Nature and the process of decay which you capture so well for us. Thank you.🖤🇨🇦

  • Reply Human Anatomy. March 12, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Beautifully shot and narrated. The standard is always high with you guys!
    Great job once again.

  • Reply chintia yudha armiagita March 13, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Love this ^^ as always. All of you are the best to show about abandoned place in beautiful ways

  • Reply caroline gorner March 13, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    New to your channel. What brilliantly well put together explore, definately watching more, well done guys

  • Reply cigarmandallas March 13, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Must have been an incredible home back in its day

  • Reply Jojo Crazy Cat March 14, 2019 at 5:06 am

    The add for this video was for Leggings for people over 400 pounds.

  • Reply Jojo Crazy Cat March 14, 2019 at 5:08 am

    I wish i was rich, so i could fix up places abandoned.

  • Reply ЕЛЕНА. АЛЕКСАНДРА. March 14, 2019 at 12:50 pm


  • Reply trbobitch06 March 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Moral of the story: When trekking through the woods, wear pants.

  • Reply Jojos mojo March 14, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I wouldn't mind people taking things from this decaying strucure rather than to have historical items destroyed forever by nature.

  • Reply Pamela Gideon March 15, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Excellent!! Very professional, you have a way of capturing the abandonment of life. And the piano scene of him starting to play and changing the scene while making us think he is playing that beautiful music. So creative!! You fellows are 100% Absolutely love watching your videos. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • Reply Kimberly G March 15, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Perfectly captured emotions and echoes of the past. Thanks #TeamBWT 🙏🏻

  • Reply Starwindk March 15, 2019 at 10:51 am

    It's sad to see old places fall to decay

  • Reply mysticangells March 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    This place is amazing …🤗
    I am always sadden when I see old photo's left behind or no one save's them & of course same goes for the building

    Thank's for sharing ..

  • Reply MAAB March 15, 2019 at 8:08 pm


  • Reply Mary Moore March 15, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    a while ago I watched someone else explore this same place. they did not show or appreciated it like you have. I just love your stuff. thank you, Chris Moore. U.S.A.

  • Reply cosmic axolotl March 16, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Get off the road cat !!! You have so much to live for 😭😰

  • Reply pilotgrrl1 March 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you for finding such starkly beautiful places and bringing them to us with professionalism and flair.

  • Reply Sandra Weaver March 16, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    what an awesome building. I never understand why people just leave everything. this place has beautiful light fixtures and other salvageable items.

  • Reply Fin Jeory March 17, 2019 at 9:50 am

    What a amazing place. 👍🏻

  • Reply BeatlesFanSonia March 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    You should wear respiratory equipment! There may be molds and dangerous spores in the air inside those properties!

  • Reply Druvis Eglite March 17, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Those charges are gun cartridges. Made in Italy and produced today by a Danesi Ammunition founded in 1920.

  • Reply Kathleen Newman - Frame March 18, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Where are the children? Sad.

  • Reply Sergeant Major Gray March 18, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Those shotgun shells are very old shells made from paper they have been made with plastic for over 60 years. Those shells are birdshot/target loads.

  • Reply Karen Lee March 18, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    I love that young people are changing the world with their curiosity and respect. Many blessings to you.

  • Reply Karen Lee March 18, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Yes that is ammunition.

  • Reply Mary Ellen Bruneau March 19, 2019 at 1:18 am

    That was a beautiful place!!

  • Reply RandomBagelz March 22, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    It genuinely hurts my soul to see places like this fall victim to ruin and vandalism, it may be beautiful, but it still hurts. The history and the architecture in these places are mind blowing. These places have so much history to them.. Just imagine the stories it would have told if those walls could talk. Honestly though, if I had enough money and skills, I would buy these places and restore them in a heartbeat.

  • Reply N E March 23, 2019 at 8:28 am

    You guys make excellent filming and photography. Thumbs up . This is art 👍👍 when I grow up I want to make it like you 😉

  • Reply Christine Arrighi March 26, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Love your videos thank you they are amazing loving this set in Italy ❤️from uk x

  • Reply RdVortex March 27, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, I've never seen a building held together by ratchet straps. Wouldn't have thought that they are used for that too. Must being pretty bad shape when you need measures like that. 😂

  • Reply Charlotte Hessley March 29, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Great video thanks! XoXo

  • Reply Corliss O'Banion March 30, 2019 at 12:49 am

    You captured the beauty within the Palace! Beautiful!

  • Reply Dane Clark March 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    That fridge is from the 1940's, not the 1960's.

  • Reply Jake W. April 2, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    The “JK6” on the shells refers to the propellant being used. If I recall correctly, that propellant is used for heavier loads for things like bird hunting, which makes sense considering the background you gave. It looks like it was made by Bofors Nobelkrut. But to answer your question, yeah it’s shotgun ammo.

  • Reply Gunny1971 April 6, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Just found yall, second vid I have watched. I really enjoy. I do not however understand why you would explore such places in short pants. Makes no sense.
    Best of luck

  • Reply Vesper Martini April 6, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Yes, shotgun JK6 NOBELKRUT paper case cartridges.

  • Reply Vesper Martini April 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    @11:52, I had the same chair with the same style of cover for the chair, which is usually used in front of a mirrored dresser while putting on makeup (back in the days).

  • Reply Jay H April 8, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Look into Tartarian architecture 👍

  • Reply Mischief Maker April 10, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    It's a shame that even the beautiful old furniture and woodwork will collapse with the building…

  • Reply edi April 11, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    During your expeditions, did you ever get to the moment, where you say F4CK this sh!t; I´m outta here! ?
    Be it an abysmal smell; signs of gang activity or some complete nutcase decorating the place…
    I´ve once come across a place that was covered in stanistic symbols and it looked like they had a ceremony just the night before. That was really creepy, though I didn´t spot my missing neighbours cat nailed to the tree or any sh!t of that order of magnitude…
    BTW: I never did urban exploring as such. I spotted that weird scene on a regular walk at the outskirts of my city.

  • Reply Laura Thompson April 13, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Yes, the were shotgun shells. Great video from both groups. I have seen yours and the other guys as well. Both of you are very good. Steve Ronin would be a good match to add to your company. You three urban groups are by far better than anyone else and I've seen all of them I do believe

  • Reply Josh B April 17, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    makes you think… since modern times, imagine how many people have been completely forgotten. Nobody remembers them anymore, either because it's been too long since they lived, or because they led otherwise unremarkable lives as a peasant, or any number of other reasons. No photographs remain, records, grave sites, etc. They effectively were wiped from existence, and from time. Imagine how many of us will befall that same fate. With present day record keeping in such vast electronic form, it likely will take longer for us to be wiped from the book of life, but the inevitable seems like it remains true. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

  • Reply Josh B April 17, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    nothing quite like cobwebs across a candelabra to evoke feelings of time long past….

  • Reply Susan Strange April 18, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    You boys find some of the most interesting places. I love that you tell as much history as you know about each place you show. God Bless you and your crew. Looking forward to more👀💋💕💕

  • Reply Sallie Gallegos May 13, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Thanks for another great video. It's so bizarre how in some shots it's as if a person stepped out of the room in the midst of life to answer the door or get a cup of coffee . . . but never returned.

  • Reply tapsarautanen May 15, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Was it a real question about the ammunitions? Nobelkrut was/is a company started by Alfred Nobel, JK6 is/was a powder very popular among hunters in the past. As I understand a certain variation of this known as JB6/C is still in production. These are probably ammunition for hunting and, just in case, I do not hunt nor I like it but I had some education from a friend who likes skeet. For what I know they could also be ammunition for skeet but I doubt it, I think it would be hunting…

  • Reply a si May 20, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    You deserve more subscriber

  • Reply a si May 20, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I like your narration

  • Reply da mani May 30, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Stunning location.. greets from Austria!

  • Reply Mauricio Hernandez June 7, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Really nice project and production!! A new sub right here!!

  • Reply Enchanted Wellspring Channel June 8, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Stunningly beautiful place.

  • Reply Oldis good June 14, 2019 at 3:10 am

    This is my favorite video so far. I am so glad to see that vandals haven't destroyed it. So many time periods are alive in this place.The story is so sad but romantic at the same time. You guys gave the back story, thank you for that. Keep up the excellent work and take care of yourselves

  • Reply W El June 17, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Suggest u guys can use some gloves when u touch those stuff, protect yourself from bacteria infection

  • Reply Dirk Diggler June 20, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Proper people

  • Reply Kathleen Roberts June 23, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Yes , that is shotgun ammunition

  • Reply Z A June 25, 2019 at 2:09 am

    If walls could talk…

  • Reply KIWIMATT July 4, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Epic as always guys 👍😎✌️

  • Reply Jenny 867 5309 July 4, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Binge watching your videos from the USA. Just love love love them! Definitely a Class act. Great skill and respect for the places you explore!

  • Reply Princess Valeriano July 7, 2019 at 3:15 am

    New subscriber here! Going to binge watch your videos starting today. 😊👌

  • Reply Janette Coleman July 13, 2019 at 7:36 am

    People stealing things!
    I say, Good for them!
    What good is it left to decay, it is being PRESERVED!!

  • Reply Das Essen August 6, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    New sub here! Another rare gem! 👍👍👍

  • Reply Nicola Rollinson August 16, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    54k subscribers…
    Its becoming pretty lucrative.
    I wish I was more technologically minded.
    Aside from that, thank you for your very relaxed style of presentation and your excellent English.

  • Reply Hanaa A.A September 5, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Guies don't touch anything unless
    Wearing Gloves .

  • Reply The ArteSana September 6, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    1st video I watch on your channel…immediately SUBSCRIBED! Amazing work…inquisitively driven and aesthetically pleasing!! ❣️✨

  • Reply Oiled Up And Ready ! September 9, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Interesting building!

  • Reply Ce ce Rae September 27, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Why doesn't the council auction off the contents for charity?

  • Reply Ce ce Rae September 27, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Hi I'm a new subscriber ❤️

  • Reply Leslie Spiers October 1, 2019 at 2:47 am

    I would love to see the downstairs & kitchen

  • Reply Eric Edison October 7, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Thanks for all you do.
    Very nice that people didnt get in there and destroy everything. I mean people came, but they didnt thrash the place.

    I can't imagine that old woman staying in the huge place probably alone must of the time, that's incredible

  • Reply joonas voutilainen October 27, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    What.s bushes?

  • Reply michail okeefe October 28, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Pity such a beautiful building left to rot away

  • Reply Nunya Business October 29, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Why do the Proper People never wear boots and pants to their destinations? I don't understand people that urbex, and aren't properly dressed for it. They always dress like skinny little hipsters, and you would think they would come prepared after all of their experiences with underbrush. I always wear steel toe boots. -Drake, Ravenscry Photography

  • Reply Ederson Augusto October 30, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Uma bosta

  • Reply Gale Andrews October 31, 2019 at 4:25 am

    I love everyone's exploration of of old palaces, castles and mansions around the world! Yes, I have been to India and Germany for a short visit as my son was also stationed in Germany where my granddaughter was born. I am also from Memphis, TN and now live in the country in MS. Uhh, Yes, weeds do have thorns and stickers. I hate them! You are supposed to wear long pants regardless of the weather crawling through that pile of weeds and wear boots! Just saying to be careful! Yes, Long sleeves too! You can take them off later. lol Thanks for the nice accent!

  • Reply the end November 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    One message it's quality work and quality material last for 600 years and these days concrete start degrading after 40 to 50 years

  • Reply xander Mentjox November 7, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Great vid

  • Reply Irish Raine November 10, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    1. LOVE the beautiful CAT… wish kitty was inside, but does not appear unfamiliar with humans, lovely insects. Animals are the true beauty. But this was a nice place back in it's time, still interesting but dangerous as it is..I hope no animals get stuck lost inside.
    Horrible it was used for hunting
    DISGUSTING. But yes those are shotgun ammunition.
    I have to say there are a handful of Explorers on U Tube that are really interesting to watch. You being one..I've newly found your channel but thank you for your research, back story on places, wonderful voice and intelligence commentary. Thank you for using calm, lovely instrumental music and camera, video capturing moments of time, with a steady hand, gentle voice, respectful of places and animals also.
    Proper people are in this same positive light of Explorers who exceed expectations of being mature, not childish behavior, but being of intelligent and interesting exploration. Always help any animals you come across , opening doors and windows for escape, helping if stuck, and getting medical help by taking an animal to nearby rescue or vet hospital, cats and dogs included as they are hidden, often abandoned to their own devices and in need of help.
    Keep safe and finding memories..

  • Reply iliveinaredhouse 4 November 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Fantastic job!

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