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Maybe you have heard of it. It’s a bit of a mysterious: the bell tower that emerges from an Italian lake, giving rise to all sorts of legends. This bell tower is that of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, found in the village of Curon. The lake is that of Resia, in Trentino-Alto Adige (map) on the Austrian border. While previously only the bell tower had emerged, to the great joy of passing photographers, now the whole village has been revealed, thanks to a decline in the artificial lake.
In recent days, the latter has indeed dried up – a phenomenon which is bound to recur since it is a maintenance operation for the dam located next to it. As a result, the water has given way to the remains of the small village of Curon, submerged in the 1950s, but rebuilt nearby. Around the famous bell tower, the only construction to have stuck its head out of the water previously, small stairs and the foundations of houses have now begun to appear.
This is sure to fascinate passing tourists, and above all to provoke a feeling of nostalgia among the inhabitants of the region who are old enough to remember this vanished past. We have to admit that the image of the bell tower alone in the middle of the lake was more than enough for us.
🌊 Another wonderful lake. Further west is the famous Lake Como. An unmissable destination in northern Italy about which we will teach you eight anecdotes in this video.