Thursday, June 11, 2020


11 June 2020: We hope this finds you all well and enjoying life as things open up a trifle, allowing restaurants and shops to open. Not to mention beaches and parks. Stay safe and keep that "social distance" restriction in mind. 
The following story, while not entirely maritime, does involve water - or rather the lack of it - and is historically interesting. It's edited from an online site called Bored Panda. Enjoy.         

Medieval Italian “Ghost Village” That’s Been Underwater Since 1947 May Soon Reappear 

Cradled by the mountains of Central Italy, there’s a medieval village that has been submerged underwater since the 1940s. And finally, next year, it will resurface again for the first time since 1994.

The small village named Fabbriche di Careggine was founded back in the 13th century. Located in the province of Lucca in Tuscany, the village used to be inhabited by iron workers. However, Fabbriche di Careggine became a ghost village in 1947 when a dam was built on the local Edron river and the village was flooded by the artificially made Lake Vagli.
This medieval village in Tuscany has been underwater since 1947.
After the dam was built and the village was flooded by the lake, all its residents had to leave to nearby towns. The artificial Lake Vagli has been emptied four times since its creation — in 1958, 1974, 1983, and 1994. Since 26 years have passed since the last time it was emptied, the medieval village might resurface again in 2021.

According to Lonely Planet, Enel, the company owning the dam, revealed in a statement that there are plans of emptying the lake once again, most likely in 2021. As it turns out, there was a plan to empty Lake Vagli back in 2016, but apparently, it did not go through.

But every once in a while, the lake is emptied and the medieval village resurfaces.

The last time Fabbriche di Careggine resurfaced, 26 years ago, a great number of tourists flocked to this small lake to take a peek at this usually submerged historical gem. After the medieval village resurfaces again, it is hoped that it will attract tourists again.

While discussions about emptying Lake Vagli are going on, no official dates for it have been set yet. However, those who are interested can keep an eye out for updates on the official Facebook page of the nearby town Vagli di Sotto.



Should more information "surface" we will try to bring it you here. Italy needs the tourist biz to get back on her feet, nationally.

Until next time, 

Stay safe, fair winds!

                                           Old Salt

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