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Do you know when you’re obsessed with a place and you have to go? This happened to me with Lake Resia. I saw pictures of this lake everywhere and I really wanted to go there.
Where is Lake Resia in Italy?
In the deep Trentino Alto Adige, in Venosta, lies the picturesque and unique Lake Resia and the only remaining part of the village: the tower bell. From Venice, it takes around 5.30 hours to reach Curon a long trip even if Veneto and Trentino are quite close. Moreover, I went in January and the streets, near the town Curon, were full of snow. Don’t get me wrong I am in love with the snow but that means driving really slow and it takes even more time to arrive.
Why Resia Lake is famous?
The lake has become famous all over the world with the Netflix series, I honestly knew this place many years before because I am Italian and I love to travel. Of course, the history of the lake is very famous but I think the most famous thing about Resia is the bell tower half immersed in water and half outside.
Why was Curon flooded?
This lake is the symbol of a cruel part of history with the inhabitants of Resia and Curone, two populations who have found their homes and their land submerged by water.
It all starts with an Austro-Hungarian project to build an artificial water reservoir to produce electricity. In 1920, after Venosta came under Italy, the Italian government decided to take over the project to produce electricity. All this was suspended with the beginning of World War II and the inhabitants of the place thought that the project had been abandoned but in 1947 it was announced the continuation of the construction of the artificial lake.
A few years later, in 1950, the dam was closed and the water increased to form the lake. About 670 hectares of land were submerged and so were the houses and possessions of many families. Compensation for the loss of housing was very low, so most of the population was forced to emigrate to other lands.
What remains of this story is the bell tower that comes out of the water as a symbol of that sad piece of history that has taken so much to so many families.
Leaving aside the story of this lake for a moment, I found myself in a spectacular landscape; as if I were looking at a modified photo. Blue sky, this tower half-submerged and half out surrounded by snowy and white mountains. A wonder!
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