Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to get into a spooky mood by learning all about the world’s most haunted travel destinations. These 10 cities are home to rumors of ghosts, hauntings, and more!
Venice, Italy: One of the Most Haunted Cities in the World!
Venice is famous (or, infamous) for being one of the most haunted cities in the world! The city is well known for its narrow alleys, canals, and small islands. This confusing topography and a long history of macabre murders and ghastly illness makes for the ideal setting for a spooky story. On your visit to Venice, explore some of the smaller islands surrounding Venice. They’ve housed mass graves, prisons, and an insane asylum.
Dark and Deadly Dublin, Ireland
Visit for a pint, stay for the ghost stories! Dublin is teeming with them. Local pubs are frequented by residents and (allegedly) ghosts alike. Try to spot one for yourself at the Davy Byrne Pub, Brazen Head, or Lord Edward’s Pub. Not into the pub scene? Check out Trinity College. Rumor has it that it’s haunted by a former medical professor. Just a 10-minute walk from the college you’ll find Dublin Castle, home to the ghosts of the headless bodies buried underneath. Another 10-minute walk will bring you to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, said to be haunted by a ghost dog belonging to a sailor buried beneath the house of worship. Need an even spookier church to round out your visit? Cross the River Liffey and visit St. Michan’s Church - beneath it is a burial vault containing over 30 mummified bodies!
America’s Most Haunted City: New Orleans, USA
Known for its colorful history of voodoo and black magic, New Orleans is often referred to as America’s most haunted city. Adding to the atmosphere are its above-ground tombs in the city’s 42 cemeteries (thanks to the city being below sea-level). When you visit, be sure to enjoy a ghost tour to the city’s most haunted spots, many of which are in the historic French Quarter. Rumor has it that the Le Pavilion Hotel is haunted by four ghosts, including a 19th-century teenage girl and an aristocratic couple from the roaring 20s. The 200 year-old bar at Old Absinthe House is said to be haunted by its famous patrons, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and Andrew Jackson.
A Ripping Good Time in London, England
As if the home of Jack the Ripper wouldn’t make this list! One of his many victims allegedly haunts a London pub called The Ten Bells Pub (once named “The Jack The Ripper”). Another local pub, The Flask, is said to be haunted by two ghosts: a barmaid who hanged herself in the cellar and a man in a Cavalier’s uniform. Don’t miss the spookiest place of all: the famous Tower of London, said to be haunted by the souls of those who lost their heads there. The most famous headless ghost? Queen Anne Boleyn, of course.
Bloodcurdling Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires has a historic, beautiful cemetery that is a must-see for tourists - especially ones interested in the supernatural! A young woman who was mistakenly buried alive is said to haunt the Recoleta Cemetery, checking graves to make sure the occupants are truly dead. The Torre del Fantasma is allegedly haunted by Clementina, a young artist who threw herself from the tower's highest window. Keep your eyes peeled when you take the subway! Ghosts have also been reported in the tunnels.
Petrifying Paris, France
Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world, but it's also one of the most haunted! Make an afternoon of visiting the city's catacombs. They store thousands of human bones, and the underground network of tunnels can be toured by the fearful and fearless. A haunted history and a beloved work of fiction collide at the Garnier Opera House, a baroque palace that served as inspiration for The Phantom of the Opera.
Terrifying Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is home to the Himuro Mansion, one of the most famous haunted mansions in the world. It's said to be the location of one of the most brutal murders in Japanese history - seven people were allegedly found murdered as part of an occult sacrifice. The story, though most likely not true, inspired the setting for a horror video game. To this day, visitors report seeing ghosts, bloody handprints on the walls, and other spooky sights. See it for yourself!
Eerie Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland is home to several famously haunted cities, including Edinburgh. This city's (literally) underground history will send shivers up your spine! Mary King's Close is a historic street (now completely enclosed underground) where those suffering from the plague were said to have been sealed up to protect the rest of the city from disease. Be sure to visit the Edinburgh Vaults, too. It’s a popular tourist destination, also underground, which once housed pubs and shops and is now the site of frequent ghost sightings!
Terrifying Tasmania: Port Arthur and Hobart
Tasmania, a small island south of Australia, has a dark history that lends itself well to spooky stories. Both Port Arthur and Hobart are said to be haunted by the ghosts of the convicted prisoners who were banished there. In Port Arthur “The Parsonage”, a house with a history of sinister sightings, is known as the city's most haunted building. The Reverend George Eastman died in an upstairs bedroom of the house. Allegedly, ropes broke as his coffin was being lowered out a window. His body fell into a gutter, and The Parsonage has been believed to be haunted ever since. Visit if you dare!
RIP in Rome, Italy
The Eternal City has a rich history, so it should come as no surprise that Rome rounds out our haunted cities list. The Colosseum, built to entertain ancient Romans with blood, gore and violence, is said to be haunted by ghosts of gladiators and guards, as well as lions and tigers! Turn the creep factor up another notch and visit the city's catacombs and the Capuchin Crypt. Rome's most famous ghost is Beatrice Cenci, an aristocratic young woman who was executed after murdering her abusive father. It's said that Beatrice appears each year on the night of September 10th on the bridge leading to Castel Sant'Angelo.
Take a Terrifying Trip!
There you have it, folks! Ten of the spookiest destinations worldwide. Pick your favorite and take dark detour or a spooky sojourn during your next Azamara cruise. Are you ready to start planning your eerie excursion?
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