“The bell of the village tolls also for him today”, sang the Schola Cantorum. A well known legend tells that, in certain days, you can hear the bells of the tower tolling from the submerged church at the bottom of the Lake Resia.
Lake Resia, is an artificial lake at 1.498 meters is six kilometers wide. It became the symbol of Val Venosta, with its submerged bell-tower.
The tower is part f a fourteenth century Romanesque church. The lake is part of a dam system built after the end of the Second World War, when the lakes of San Valentino alla Muta, Resia and Curon were merged together in order to produce hydro-electric energy.
The dam merged these two lakes together, submerging the old villages of Stockerhöfe, Gorf, Piz, Arlung and Curonas well as a part of Resia. This reservoir swallowed these villages, whose inhabitants were forced to move elsewhere.
More than 700 hectares were submerged and about 150 families lost all their belongings. The project was completed in the summer of 1950, as the buildings were submerged.
Only the fifteenth century bell-tower was saved, being legally protected as a monument. The summit is till visible above the waters, depending on its level. When the lake freezes, it can be reached on foot.
The lake, surrounded by many legends, forms a fairy-tale landscape and one of the most visited locations in the area.
In the summer Lake Resia is a very relaxing place for relax and recharging your batteries. Lake Resia s also a great place for kitesurfing, because of its mild, constant wind.
In the winter, frozen Lake Resia is a great place to practice sail sledge and cross-country skiing.
Resia Pass, higher than 1,500 meters, is a beautiful Alpine pass and the border between Switzerland, Italy and Austria.
The old bell-tower in Curon, in the middle of Lake Resia in Val Venosta, has become a very trendy and valuable location, a great attraction that attracts lots of tourists because of its charm and its legends, like the one saying you can still hear the bells tolling in the cold winter nights.