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Vajont Dam, Erto e Casso

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Showcasing the awesome beauty and power of nature, Vajont Dam forms an artificial lake inside a protected natural park. The dam is often remembered for the landslide of 1963 that caused massive devastation to the surrounding area and valley. A museum commemorates the tragedy. Most visitors come here for the views and guided tours organized by the natural park's staff. When you visit, you'll have to stay on designated paths and wear shoes appropriate for uneven terrain. With our custom trip planner, Erto e Casso attractions like Vajont Dam can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The views are stunning. Looks can kill, we are told. We paid respect to the victims of disaster. Two * for whoever was responsible for that. 
    The views are stunning. Looks can kill, we are told. We paid respect to the victims of disaster. Two * for whoever was responsible for that.  more »
  • Definitely worth a visit if travelling through the Dolomites. This was the site of a terrible tragedy in 1963 when a massive landslide from the slopes of Monte Toc in the night displaced millions of.....  more
    Definitely worth a visit if travelling through the Dolomites. This was the site of a terrible tragedy in 1963 when a massive landslide from the slopes of Monte Toc in the night displaced millions of.....  more »
  • If you are travelling by, you must take half a day to visit the dam and the various exhibits and memorials, it's very moving and important to remember the loss of life due to human mistakes. The... 
    If you are travelling by, you must take half a day to visit the dam and the various exhibits and memorials, it's very moving and important to remember the loss of life due to human mistakes. The...  more »
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  • Even after seeing the dam and the affected villages with your own eyes, it is still just impossible to imagine which forces were in play when catastrophe struck and which levels the waves reached. We didn't have the time to take the guided tour, though just having a look at the dam from the road and a short stroll through Longarone gives you already an impression of what nature is capable of when not properly taken into account. Parking spaces were available near the dam.
  • A lesser-known landmark in a fairly remote valley, but well worth the visit. The dam was built in the 60s and caused a major catastrophe, but it still stands. You can walk right up to the dam from the rear side, and you can walk on top of it, but only if you join a guided tour. Though the tour is nice, it's only available in Italian, but even if you don't speak the language, you can still enjoy the stroll over the dam and the amazing views from it
  • Allah bless the souls of all those victims who left suddenly in silence one day long time ago
  • A reminder of the respect needed for the power and sometimes cruel beauty of nature. Definitely worth a visit if travelling through the Dolomites. This was the site of a terrible tragedy in 1963 when a massive landslide in the night from the slopes of Monte Toc above displaced millions of litres of water over the dam, drowning 1910 people (Including any children) in the village below. The dam is now disused and the site of a number of moving monuments and memorials to those who lost their lives.
  • Memory of an environmental disaster. Located in the middle of Friulian Dolomite National Parks, stands the unused dam as the witness of probably one of the worst environmental disasters of Italy. Park your car and take a guided tour (cost @€10) of an hour and half to know about the disaster story. The tour includes a walk on the dam with commentary from experienced guides telling you about the story of 9 October 1963 that killed almost 2000 people, including about 500 children. The nature trail is beautiful. The tour is sad. It is a way to remember the importance of being environment sensitive in the modern day.

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