Sunken Italian Ghost Village to Emerge for First Time in 27 Years

The underwater ghost village picked a bad time to come back

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The underwater ghost village is going to be so disappointed when it sees what we've done to the world.
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By Kayla Kibbe / June 5, 2020 11:03 am

If I were a lost Italian ghost village emerging from a watery grave, I wouldn’t do it now. I would probably wait a few years to see if the world stops being a little less of a flaming hellscape and then think about making my grand reentry into society.

But lost Italian ghost villages don’t get to decide when they reemerge, or at least the one set to reappear from its watery grave beneath the Italian lake Vagli next year doesn’t. The village of Fabbriche di Careggine disappeared beneath the waters of the artificial lake Vagli in 1953 (after being evacuated in 1947), but resurfaces periodically when the reservoir is drained for maintenance, Lonely Planet reported. The village reportedly dates back to the 13th century and was once inhabited by ironworkers.

According to a Facebook post from Lorenza Giorgi, daughter of the village’s former mayor, the lake will be emptied again next year, meaning the village will be visible for the first time in nearly 30 years. The last time the village made an appearance was in 1994, when the ghostly ruins attracted more than a million visitors, said Giorgi.

Unfortunately for the sunken village, the world isn’t exactly in the mood this time around.  Yesterday, various Twitter users criticized the “underwater ghost village frozen in time” for its apparent inability to read the room, borrowing the verbiage from a Daily Mirror headline.

“NOT NOW UNDERWATER GHOST VILLAGE FROZEN IN TIME,” wrote one user in a tweet that has since attracted nearly 400,000 likes and 85,000 retweets.

Various other tweet stealers have since elaborated, with one adding that “WE ARE A LITTLE BUSY HERE,” and another explicitly outlining that the world is “STILL DEALING WITH THIS PANDEMIC, MURDER HORNETS, EARTHQUAKES, TORNADO WARNINGS.”

Anyway, congratulations to the underwater ghost village frozen in time for escaping when it did. If I were an underwater ghost village frozen in time, I’d probably just stay there.

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