It has been more than the ten customary years since the lake at Vagli has been emptied to expose the village of Fabbriche di Careggine, but plans for 2010 mean that you may at least be able to get a peek at the submerged ghost-village.
The village was evacuated and flooded in 1953, and almost 150 people were moved out to make way for the lake (used in a hydro-electric shceme); there remain the stone skeletons of 28 houses and the church, and it has been traditional that at least once a decade the lake is emptied for maintenance. This hasn’t happened recently as the lake has not been reaching high anough levels of water.
Planned for opening at the end of Summer 2010 is what will be one of the longest rope/swing bridges in the world, know in Italian as a ‘Tibetan Bridge’, which should allow views down through the water to the lifeless village below.
Below are some links for finding accommodation in the area as well as a link to the local newspaper story (Italian only, but featuring an ‘artists impression’).
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