Explore #116: College Saint Evelise, aka Collegio di Musica / College Eglise Italy – November 2014

Explore #5 of the Wet, with excitement Tour.

After a wonderful morning spent exploring the Manicomio di R asylum anything else that day was going to be a bonus. Given the time of year daylight hours were at a premium, so we decided to prioritise and head to what looked like an interesting abandoned college.

History
This college for boys and girls was built in the 1960s by the Salesian Society – a Roman Catholic institution which was formed in the late 19th Century to help underprivileged children during the Industrial Revolution. It has now been closed for a number of years, but here are some old postcard pictures of what it looked like back in its heyday…

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Old photo of external of College

Our explore
When we got to within a couple of miles of the college our excitement suddenly peaked…

“Wow – do you think it’s that beast up there on the hill?”
“I think so”
“It looks HUGE!”

We had only seen a couple of internal shots of the college whilst researching our Italy locations, so were not expecting the massive structure which dominated the vista ahead of us. Soon we were parked up and had worked out the best way to approach the building, but as we got closer we saw three guys stood by a desk at the entrance to the building. What was going on here? Thankfully it turned out that they were just local lads there to play Airsoft – which involves firing pellets at each other from fairly powerful guns. We spent a few minutes explaining that we were there to take photographs, and if they could try not to shoot us whilst we were doing so that would be most appreciated!

The explore was certainly an interesting one – rather than the usual concerns of watching out for rotting floors (no such problems here) and getting busted by security, we instead had to make sure we didn’t accidentally get shot by a trigger-happy Italian! It felt weird deliberately making more noise as the sound of gunfire occasionally grew closer, rather than the default exploring mode of trying to make less noise!

Happily the explore passed without any explorers getting shot, and we spent an enjoyable couple of hours exploring the abandoned classrooms and dormitories.

As always click on a photo to VIEW LARGE

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia basketball court mist fog outside external Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
Looking out over the basketball court, and wet and misty conditions…

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration reflections chairs school wet photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration Gym hobby horse photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia Chapel stained glass church Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
The college church/chapel was one of the best-preserved parts…

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Confession booth chapel church Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
…with a confession booth…

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Stained Glass windows Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
…and ornate stained-glass windows.

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Small chapel Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
I also discovered this smaller chapel annexed to the side of the main one…

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School small chapel Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School small chapel Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School dormitory dorm dorms beds dormitories Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
Abandoned pupils’ dormitory… the sound of Airlift gunfire was particularly close at this point!

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia Urbex selfie mural Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
“We carrying in our hearts a grand hope… we are children of the resurrection”.

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia bathroom tiles Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
The dormitory bathrooms…

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia bathroom tiles sinks mirror Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School attic loft carboys demijohns Italy Italia Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
Up in the attic I came across these dusty carboys / demijohns…

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia central corridor stairs Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
The main central stairwell and hallways…

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia classroom notes wall music room class teaching Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
It was almost completely dark in this former music classroom, and these shots were taken using long exposures to capture the last of the weak light…

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia classroom notes wall music room class teaching Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia classroom notes wall music room class teaching Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime

College Eglise Collegio di Musica Saint Evelise School Italy Italia auditorium main hall stage lecture theatre light painting teaching Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration photo photos report decay detail UE abandoned derelict unused empty disused decay decayed decaying grimy grime
We rounded off the explore in this dark auditorium. Again this shot was taken with a long exposure, and also light painted by torchlight.

With the light almost completely gone we made our way outside and said our farewells to the Italians, who by then were packing up and chatting with some more of their friends. We programmed the SatNav for that night’s lodgings in the centre of Florence – just over 4 hours away! We had figured it made sense to do as much exploring as possible during what little daylight we had, and then leave the driving until after dark. It was a logical plan, but by the time we finally rolled into downtown Florence that night we were both exhausted. It wasn’t helped by the unbelievably bad and aggressive Italian drivers that we had to endure most of the way – they were so bad that all we could do was laugh at them.

We parked on a small street by our hotel, which we assumed would be fine on a Sunday night. However the hotel suggested we move our car to in front of the hotel. Reluctantly I went back to the car, reversed it, and then heard a terrible >>>CRUNCH<<<! It turned out some local had managed to park his moped right out of sight right behind the back of our car in the 5 minutes we had left it! Gutted! We spent twenty minutes or so evaluating the damage and after giving them our rental details, we finally headed out for a couple of much-needed beers and a short stroll around the magnificent Duomo…

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…before finally calling it a night.

Thanks for stopping by.

Adam X

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One thought on “Explore #116: College Saint Evelise, aka Collegio di Musica / College Eglise Italy – November 2014

  1. Pingback: Explore #117: Castle of Sammezzano, aka Non Plus Ultra / the Fairytale Castle, Italy – December 2014 | Adam X

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