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Italian village submerged beneath lake for 7 decades reappears, becomes instant tourist attraction

An Italian village that was submerged beneath a lake for decades has recently emerged from the water’s surface.

The village named Curon has been discovered for the first time in 71 years.

At one time, Curon used to be the home of hundreds of people. However, it was hidden in the lake in 1950 when authorities decided to build a dam and merge two nearby lakes. For the next 70 years, the village remained covered by Lake Resia.




Lake Resia is an artificial lake in the western portion of South Tyrol, Italy, approximately 2km south of the Reschen Pass. It lies in South Tyrol, the Alpine region that borders Austria and Switzerland.

Locals were able to spot the final traces of Curon after the lake was temporarily drained. With a decrease in the water levels, old steps, cellars and walls of the village structure were exposed.

Pictures showing remains of steps, walls and cellars at the former settlement can be seen.



Due to the 14th-century church tower emerging from its waters, Lake Resia has been a major tourist attraction. It is popular with hikers in summer, with visitors in winter able to walk across the frozen surface to reach the spire.