A considerable amount of places in Italy have disappeared completely. This happened due to modern dams. When the progress chose their valleys as perfect locations for modern dams, their existence came to an end under metres of water. The water basins under which these places are buried get emptied for maintenance. So, here are some of the hidden under water places in Italy.
- Fabbriche di Careggine. This is the most famous of all Italian’s underwater villages which is located in the Garfagnana. At the place where the village was the artificial lake il Lago di Vagli was created in 1946 as a hydro-electric basin to support the whole valley. The people of Fabbrioche di Careggine were moved to a new village Vagli Sotto located on the banks of the lake. The village emerges every ten years when the basin is emptied for maintenance. So, during the summer 2016 you will be able to witness something extremely unique.
- Curon Venosta. The destiny of this small Alto Adige village of Curon Venosta was similar to that of Fabbrioche di Careggine. In 1950, two of three large Alpine lakes by the Pass of Resia were unified through the construction of a large dam. Because of it, the old village of Curon Venosta was entirely submerged and reconstructed higher up on the mountain: 163 homes where covered by water, along with the many fruit orchards that used to give work and sustainment to their inhabitants. Nowadays only old bell tower of the village’s small church can be seen.
- Osiglia. This was a small medieval village abandoned in 1937 to allow for the construction of a dam and the creation of an artificial basin. Every ten years the lake is drained for maintenance and old Osiglia can be seen.
- Madonnuccia. This is a small district of the Pieve Santo Stefano village in Tuscany. The story of the area is very similar to the ones written above as Madonnuccia was also a victim of progress and was submerged due to creation of an artificial basin.
- Cristo Degli Abisi. The bronze Christ of the Abyss statue is located under water in Liguria. The idea of placing a statue of Christ underwater came to the mind of Duilio Marcante after tragic death of his friend. Commissioned to sculptor Guido Galetti the statue was placed at 17 metres of depth. This is one of the Liguria’s most popular diving destinations.