Tales of the Urban Explorer: Bella Sardinia

"This one is open.., or was yesterday". @anidiotexplores was explaining the first stop-off point of the current day's exciting agenda of gloom and decay.

It was a Sunday which was a blessing. Locations in town centres should be avoided when full of people. They see too much and interfere accordingly.

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Twenty minutes later we were pulling up to the back door, but not too close. Another problem with town centres is parking. Some local councils think it's a great idea to charge the punters.

This one appears to have some councilors who might have a speck of intelligence within their heads full of sawdust. Is it any surprise we are seeing more 'ghost towns'? Today we could park for FREE.

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Avoiding the overgrown thorn bushes, nettles, bits of old door, newspapers, last month's takeaway lefts over's and what looked like human shit we spotted the access point and crawled through.

On checking I was surprised this once-popular restaurant has been closed for 11 years. It appears to have survived the torment of time remarkably well compared to others.

The former tenant said the restaurant had fallen behind on its rent but that the landlord was not willing to compromise and wouldn't wait for payments.

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I wonder if said landlord now regrets his actions, having had zero rent for all this time, and instead has a lovely derp on his hands generating nothing.

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We quickly arrived at something that was once a bar.

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Having windows makes such a difference; the carpets were still intact.

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Broken glass is always part of the fixtures. I do try and find arty photography when possible.

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…’that’s what you get for poking your nose in too deep’…

I wonder if they went through with this order? ‘We recommend you spend a lot of money to conform to fire safety standards

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McDonald's appears to be popular here, this is what happens when the bar stops serving food.

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Many items of junk mail have been arriving through the front door, all unopened.

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Some bars were in better condition than others. As usual, there have been fires within the property.

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As well as the odd roof collapse.

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That’s the old front door at the end. Customers entering now would see a rather different sight than what they are used to.

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Even so, these glasses have escaped the fire but drinking out of them may tinge your drink with an ash-like flavour.

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The scale contained kilos, so is not as antique as you may think.

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Those full tubs of 'glass wash' could be put to good use.

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The stairs to the cellar were a little strange; you could attach rails to the sides if needed.

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We found the usual beer barrels and a lot of Postmix Syrup. After some googling, I found this stuff is for flavouring soft drinks.

…’does this mean they served that cheapo pop?’…

A fold-away pool table; When used in pubs, they are typically the heavyweight type you need to add coins to play. I can’t see this being used in the bar areas.

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Look at that lush carpeting going to the next floor. At least my shoes did not stick to it.

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Satan is everywhere..., and in Bella Sardinia.

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Oh…, this is the type of snap I like to capture. If I can get one good one per derp I am happy. It might have looked better minus the plastic cups and banana skins.

We saw nobody in Bella Sardinia, and that’s the way I prefer my explores to pan out.

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Finding the way out took us a few minutes. Multiple floor levels can do that to you. It was on to the next...

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It's almost like this one is underwater!

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Landlords are daft, they literally think nothing of compromising and killing the goose that is laying their golden eggs.

It's almost like this one is underwater!

A scene from Bioshock!

Landlords are daft, they literally think nothing of compromising and killing the goose that is laying their golden eggs.

Our town centres are going to get worse. It was bad enough before COVID.., if you go there now.. they are hardly busy. People have gotten used to buying on the internet. That's the future for many goods.

I have saw it when I have been forced to go into work the odd time, the city centre is a ghost town and they will all be the same. I don't think it will ever go back to the west it was and there won't be enough business to sustain things the way they were.

You will have loads of derps!

What is that thing? Looks like a minging old lobster, and prey tell me what is wrong with rola cola?

I would wager it's a pigeons arse. You have to look at it from a different perspective!

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Wonderful! A pigeons arse.
😂 😂 😂

We have to document anything strange, that bird was being over-inquisitive!

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wow, I've never visited an abandoned restaurant and watching your pics it looks like very interesting. The stairs to the cellar are a really strange, I've never seen something similar. Just to know, I like so much the second to last pic with the chair and the large window. ^_^

wow, I've never visited an abandoned restaurant

Most people haven't. I have done several now, and I think this is my second Italian one! The ex-tenant was named 'Paul Pinna'. Is that a true Italian name?

The one close to us, are proper Italians. We get Prego all the time!

Not as bad as some you've done, apart from the fire damage. I wondered what it was in the filing cabinet, but I guess it's a bird of some sort. Town centres are becoming deserts with some converted to housing. People just don't go shopping as much and the last year or so hasn't helped matters.

It looks like a dead pigeon, one that has likely been there for years. I didn't fancy rummaging through those files.., there was not much paperwork left besides unpaid bills behind the door.

The kegs were empty, I assume?

I didn't check them. There always seems to be kegs in old pubs. I will check next time..

It is interesting to see such an abondaned places.

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Awesome. There's lots of abandoned stuff in Italy to check out