The Vagli Lake is an artificial reservoir built with a 92-meter high dam, and is capable of holding over 30 million cubic meters of water, which are the same that today cover Fabbriche di Careggine, the ghost town submerged by the lake.
Yes, because exactly where it was decided to build the largest hydroelectric basin in Tuscany, there was a village of blacksmiths and iron workers from Brescia. The village housed about thirty houses and just under 150 inhabitants, who were evacuated and transferred to the nearby Vagli Sotto , located on the headland of the lake.
The plan was to make the ghost town re-emerge from the waters every 10 years with the dam being emptied, but so far it has only happened four times: in 1958, in 1974, in 1983 and in 1994. On these four occasions it was possible for tourists see the houses still standing, the bridge, the church of San Teodoro with its bell tower and the cemetery.
You can cross the evocative Tibetan Bridge in wood and steel, inaugurated in June 2016, and reach the promontory that hosts Vagli Sotto , a small and characteristic village.
The visit will allow you to take a walk immersed in nature and to fantasize about “life” below the water. Furthermore, if you happen to be in the area at a time when the water level is lower, you can hope to see what remains of the bell tower appear on the surface.
The landscape all around is wonderful, the vegetation is the master, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in this natural paradise.
The visit consists of a tour around the perimeter of the lake that starts from a small area with some animals and continues towards the curious Park of Honor and Dishonor , inhabited by statues of marble with symbolic value that represent honorable and dishonorable characters (you will meet Schettino accompanied by bunny ears, the Diesel police dog and, if you are lucky, also the unicorn with the suitcase).