An hour north-west of Lucca you’ll come to a rather astonishing place. Get a virtual preview of its eeriness on Google Maps, where the red marker that denotes Fabbriche di Carèggine tends to point to the middle of a lake.
This is the Lago di Vagli, which engulfed the village of Fabbriche di Carèggine when the construction of a dam forced the waters higher. Originally a smithy, now a ghost town, it can be seen every decade or so when the lake is drained for inspection. Photos show buildings that look almost like toys, disorienting in their scale.
The lake is also cradle to the Vagli Park, which features numerous, less haunting attractions. There is a suspension bridge and, for the adrenaline junkies, a zip wire on which to hurtle over the water at a speed of 90 mph and a height of 350 metres. At the foot of the bridge stand the statues that make up the Park of Honour and Dishonour, with various historical figures (including a dog) assigned to the Hall of Fame and others to the side of shame. The mayor Mario Puglia recently announced the purchase of a statue of United States President Donald Trump; the jury is still out on which side he will ultimately end up on.