Highway Motel, Lazio, Italy (2016)

If you happen to travel around central Italy, no use trying to check in at this roadside motel.

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Motel

Some thirty kilometres from Rome, in the middle of sunny campagna, stands a lonely motel. It is situated just by an important highway, but for some reason the customers never found it.

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Vegetation

The motel wasn’t waiting for customers, either. Apart from being abandoned, it was hard to reach. One had to crawl through the thickets and brushwood even to get to the front yard.

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Modern Ruin

The lush Italian growth had invaded also the building itself. Grasses gone wild made this modern ruin resemble in an uncanny way an ancient Roman ruin, forgotten to the remote wastelands.

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Stairs

There was one important difference, though. It seems that the motel had never been used at all. The place was left to the dogs even before it was finished, and it was a mere shell of a building.

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Shell

This got all the more apparent when stepping inside. There was nothing but the floors & walls.

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Pillars

The white, naked columns made the building look even more like a ruin of some ancient temple.

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Ruins of the Future

In the spacious shady halls and long corridors inside, the atmosphere was almost temple-like.

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Columns

The lobby was as empty & unfinished as all the rest. There were some random equipment still around.

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Lobby

Behind the building there was a huge metal container, evidently a water tank, lying on its side. Everything seemed to have been almost ready for the motel to open its doors, but for some reason it never began operating and was discarded. Thus, it was reborn as a modern ruin.

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Tank

 

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