The beautiful little village of Fabbriche di Careggine ↗️ in the Italian mountains conceals an underwater Ghost Town that may be about to appear.
First founded in the 13th century by a group of blacksmiths, the Italian village of Fabbriche di Careggine became known for its production of iron and was a thriving little medieval village in the heart of the mountains.
Residents were moved to another nearby town, Vagli di Sotto, as construction began on a hydroelectric dam in 1947. The now-abandoned village was flooded in order to create Lake Vagli, but the village’s stone structures, bridge, church and foundations managed to remain intact under the water. The village became an abandoned underwater ghost town.
Since the dam’s construction that buried this little village like a deep-sea ship wreck on the ocean bed, the lake has only been emptied four times between 1947 and 2020 in order to conduct maintenance work. Each time the water was drained, the underwater ghost town would slowly emerge.
The last time the underwater ghost town surfaced was in 1994. Thousands of people fled to Fabbriche di Careggine to walk along its streets and view the medieval marvel.
The pictures that were taken from the last appearances show its stone houses, cemetery, bridge and the Church of St Theodore, with its bell tower ruins that leave many in awe.
Though the structures are now submerged under the water, the ghost town is likely to resurfaced again soon according to the daughter of the ex-mayor of Vagli di Sotto. As stated in her Facebook post, Lorenza Giorgio claims that the lake will be emptied next year to reveal the underwater ghost town once again.
She wrote: “I inform you that from certain sources I know that next year, in 2021, Lake Vagli will be emptied.”
It has been reported since that the energy company which owns the dam (ENEL) has said it’s considering draining it as a possibility to boost tourism in the area.