The Italian Village Reemerging After Seven Decades Underwater

Lake Resia

No joke, there’s an Italian village reemerging after seven decades underwater.

For centuries, the village of Curon sat near the country’s borders with Austria and Switzerland. Once housing hundreds of Italian families, the town is no more. She goes by Lake Resia now—the only visible remanent of Curon within these past seven decades is its 14th-century bell tower that inimitably sprouts from the water and watches over the surrounding landscape.

Ok, so now for the backstory: In 1950, the town was intentionally flooded by the Italian government to make way for a promising hydroelectric plant, despite opposition from its residents. Over the years, Lake Resia became a popular spot for hikers: the surrounding mountains, a turquoise-water artificial lake with a steeple rising from it, and countryside air were to thank.

But now, locals and tourists are flocking to the site for a different reason: The Italian municipal has drained the lake to complete repairs and overdue maintenance, unearthing a bevy of old staircases, cellars, and walls that made up Curon. It’s no surprise that majority of the homes did not survive seven decades underwater. That said, the remaining skeleton passageways tell the story of what used to be there, allowing visitors to imagine what life might have been like in this storied village, before the flood.

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