The ancient Italian village of Fabbriche di Careggine, Tuscany, has been completely submerged underwater since 1946. And it seems to be emerging to the surface again in 2021.
According to Insider, Fabbriche di Careggine is a 13th-century village that was abandoned in 1946. Situated at the foothills of the Apuan Alps, the medieval village was flooded after a hydroelectric dam was built on the Edron river in the 1940s. Therefore, all its residents had to evacuate the premises. Fabbriche di Careggine has been a ghost village ever since.
However, from time to time, Lake Vagli, the lake under which the village lies, must be drained. So far, it has been drained four times: in 1958, 1974, 1983, and lastly in 1994.
But it appears that the lake will have to be drained again next year. This process makes for an eerie, yet fascinating image as the village slowly rises to the surface.
The village includes several stone buildings, a church, a bridge, and even a cemetery.
According to LonelyPlanet, this process is part of their plan to boost tourism in the area, as it has brought more than a million tourists when the lake was last drained. The mysterious appearance and the incredible history of the ancient Italian village attract people from all over the world. However, as we know, travel restrictions are still up in some regions of the country. As reported by TheVintageNews the government and public health officials are concerned about this aspect. As the village and its appearance is such a unique sight, people might be forming crowds in certain places.
However, it is unlikely that the lake will be fully drained and the village fully visible. At least for now. So access is allowed. But only by boat.
Fabbriche di Careggine is truly a breath-taking appearance. Although it was unfortunately flooded and abandoned almost a century ago, its structure still stands beneath the surface. And it occasionally rises above the water, making it into a spectacular and crowd-gathering show. And we are lucky enough to be witnessing it again soon.