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Manicomio di Racconigi

Opened in 1871 in the former Racconigi Military College, Manicomio di Racconigi served as a mental hospital until 1981 when it closed under the auspices of 'Law 180'. Between 1981 and 1991, 300 former patients left the hospital's accommodation to live in the community. It wasn't until the 9 February 2004 that Racconigi's last patient, 'released' in 1997, left the asylum's walls. She now lives in her own apartment in Racconigi.