The village of Fabbriche di Careggine, in the province of Luca in Tuscany, was flooded in 1946 for the construction of a hydroelectric dam and Lake Vagli, according to the local tourist council. He has not seen since 1994, when the dam was last evacuated.
Enel Dam on Lake Vagli. Built to provide hydroelectric power, it plunged a village. Credit: Stella Photography / Alamy
The city’s residents have moved to a new lakeside town, Vagli di Sotto. Immersed under 34 million cubic meters of water, the entire structure of the abandoned village – including the stone houses, a bridge, a cemetery and the church of San Teodoro – reappears only when the dam is emptied for maintenance.
The ancient village of Fabbriche di Careggine reappears every ten years for dam maintenance. Credit: Dino Fracchia / Alamy
Local politicians have long been trying to drain the lake and re-deliver the ruined village, according to local media reports.
The ruins of the abandoned village sometimes see the light of day when the lake is drained. Credit: Riccardo Sala / Alamy
But now there are indications that the lake could be emptied once again – 27 years after the last drain to reveal the village.
In a Facebook post, Lorenza Giorgi, the daughter of former mayor Ilio Domenico Giorgi, said the lake, which now serves as a water tank in the event of a fire, could be drained next year.
“Reliable sources say that next year, in 2021, Lake Vagli will be emptied,” he wrote.
“The last time it was emptied was in 1994, when my father was mayor, and thanks to his efforts and numerous initiatives, he managed to create the whole city of Vangelis and welcomed more than 1 million people,” she wrote. .
Energy company Enel, which manages the artificial lake, told CNN in a statement that a working group is standardizing with the Vagli di Sotto Municipality and Romei Srl to discuss tourism in the area. Restructuring the natural environment is one of the initiatives for discussion, the company said, including cleaning the Vagli tank and possibly emptying the basin.