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A villa lies abandoned in the north of Italy, its once-grand staircase reduced to rubble

Decline and fall of the Italian villa: Haunting images of the forgotten palaces which are now spectacular ruins

A villa lies abandoned in the north of Italy, its once-grand staircase reduced to rubble

There was even one instance where the construction of a nuclear power plant nearby led to the abandonment of the village and the house master

Decline and fall of the Italian villa: Haunting images of the forgotten palaces which are now spectacular ruins

There was even one instance where the construction of a nuclear power plant nearby led to the abandonment of the village and the house master

There are believed to be more than 300 Italian ghost villages, or 'paesi fantasma', many dating from medieval times

Decline and fall of the Italian villa: Haunting images of the forgotten palaces which are now spectacular ruins

There are believed to be more than 300 Italian ghost villages, or 'paesi fantasma', many dating from medieval times

Intricate artwork still adorns the vaulted ceiling of this abandoned property

Decline and fall of the Italian villa: Haunting images of the forgotten palaces which are now spectacular ruins

In the 15th century, Italians began uncovering ancient ruins and modelled their own buildings after Roman prototypes

Decline and fall of the Italian villa: Haunting images of the forgotten palaces which are now spectacular ruins

In the 15th century, Italians began uncovering ancient ruins and modelled their own buildings after Roman prototypes

The Renaissance villa would often act as a second home for members of the Italian nobility, such as the Medici - a political dynasty and banking family which would later become a royal house

Decline and fall of the Italian villa: Haunting images of the forgotten palaces which are now spectacular ruins

The Renaissance villa would often act as a second home for members of the Italian nobility, such as the Medici - a political dynasty and banking family which would later become a royal house

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