The Colonia Fara (Colony Fara) is located on 13 Via Preli, in the town of Chiavari, in the district of Tigullio, in the province of Genoa, Italy.
The tip on this place and the images are courtesy of our friend Dry-Ice, thanks man. This is what he had to say about his exploration of the place. “Only the first three floors are accessible.
I didn’t take pictures of the ground floor because it was just rooms filled with garbage, or burnt rooms filled with burnt garbage; also there were rats the size of cats so I didn’t stay long.
On the first floor there are:
– What I think was a conference room. You can see, on the ceiling, two curtain rails: I deduced there were projection screens hanging there. One of the windows on the left is broken, that’s where I got in from, you can see it in one of the pictures.
– A cafeteria. It’s in the main semicircular part of the building.
– A reception. Particularly wrecked, blocked by notebooks and registers.
– Some other empty or locked rooms.
The second floor holds a handful of bedrooms, home of the illegal indwellers of the building, and a set of WCs.
The stairs to the third floor are walled up and block by more than one grate, whoever decided that no one could go further up must have been very determined in doing his job.
The graffiti on the stairs’ wall reads “I puked here once!”. …thanks for sharing, random vandal. ”
Here is the history:
In 1935, the Colonia Fara was commissioned by the National Fascist Party as a seaside summer resort / camp for kids. Completed in 1936, the official inauguration wasn’t held until 1938 in the presence of Benito Mussolini. For 2 years the summer camp thrived but in 1940 due to World War II the fact that the building had the capacity to hold 400 people, it was used as a military hospital and temporary stationing of German
After the war ended in 1945 it was used as a summer camp / resort again. In 1947 through 50 1955 its purpose changed and it housed refugees from Istria.
During the early 1960’s it was converted into an ‘international hotel of the Italian youth’ using the name Faro, which means lighthouse. After this it was abandoned until the 1980’s when it became the headquarters of the local Pro Sports Association Rocks and an elementary school, which later moved in 1999. They moved locations because of safety reasons, the building was progressively getting worse. In fact it was impossible to go up any further than half way, the upper floors being almost completely unsafe. Gulls nests have even been spotted on the roof.
In September of 2013, someone within the complex started a fire that destroyed some old boxes, but nothing of any major consequence. Which was good news for the 20 or so Romanian citizens who have been illegally living in the Colonia Fara for a long time.
As of October 2013, the building has been sold and bought by Fara Ltd. for € 6,750,000. The future project includes 18 luxury apartments on the upper floors and a shopping center and restaurant and possible hotel on the grounds floors.
Where is Colonia Fara located? You can check it out with these coordinates. 44.320457,9.310309.