Abandoned Italian Villas

Photographer Thomas Jorion has visited and recorded abandoned buildings around the world, including these astonishing villas in Northern Italy. The crumbling frescoes, elaborate tilework, grand staircases and peeling wallpaper give a glimpse into a decadent past.

These photographs of ruin have a haunting beauty, and make you wonder why the villas were abandoned. The varying reasons include financial ruin, the threat of landslides and a nuclear base being built near one of the villas.

To see more photos of the abandoned villas, visit the photographer's site.

via Messy Nessy Chic

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(Images: Thomas Jorion)

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