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Italian lakes: a relaxing holiday stop

Complete list of Italian lakes
Complete list of Italian lakes

Lake Fusine and Mount Mangart. Ph.


Lakes have always attracted a lot of tourists, perhaps because of their mysterious atmosphere or simply because they are always situated in relaxing areas, far from chaos and pollution, which allow people to plunge in pure nature. Whatever the reason might be, in Italy, too lakes are a highly-rated destination to spend Sundays and, if there are good facilities and organized hotels, the whole weekend. It is possible to find lakes all over the country. In fact, each region has at least one lake where people generally go to have a picnic and relax.



Italy is, actually, one of the Mediterranean countries with the highest number of lakes, which are mainly situated in the alpine and pre-alpine area of Northern Italy. However, there are many others in the centre and the south of the country.


Some of them are particularly renowned and known internationally and have become popular destinations. These lakes have actually turned into a real, international tourist attraction thanks to their enchanting landscapes and clean air. Moreover, they are 'all-seasons' destinations because they can be visited all year round: in Autumn and  Winter, they are calm, mysterious and melancholic. In Spring and Summer, their banks are coloured by  beautiful trees and flowers. By means of the cleanliness of their waters, these are possibly the most beautiful lakes in the country:


- the Lake of Monticolo (Alto Adige). Divided into Piccolo, little, and Grande, big. The area around the lake offers several varieties of trees, which makes it a perfect place for all nature lovers; the lake has received a Blue Flag -bandiera blu- from Legambiente, a statement to the purity and clarity of its waters.


- the lake of Mediana (Friuli). Situated near one of the most beautiful areas of northern Friuli, this marvelous lake is hidden amongst enchanted woods. Its emerald green waters and thick vegetation invite people to enjoy the atmosphere and go on excursions. Moreover, a lot of events and festivals are organized during the summer and it is also a great opportunity to discover the fascinating area of Carnia and its culture.


- the lake of Martignano (Lazio) perhaps is a less common destination compared to its more famous companion, the lake of Bracciano. This lake, still uncontaminated and preserved from mass tourism, is quite famous for its magical allure,  that recalls  fairy tales and otherworldly encounters.  It is for this reason that the famous film director Luigi Comencini chose it as an ideal set for some of the scenes of his  Pinocchio.


- the lake of Garda (Veneto) offers a mixture of entertainment and natural beauty. Here, it is possible to do water sports, but also to explore the inner corners of the lake's surroundings  on foot or by bike.


- the lake of Cavazzo, in Friuli, is another lake that allows people to relax on its shores, or take a swim in its crystal clear waters. Moreover, the area offers a lot of entertainment thanks to several cultural events taking place all year round.


- Awarded a Bandiera Blu, the lake of Molveno in Trentino was defined by the poet and writer Fogazzaro "preziosa perla in più prezioso scrigno", a precious pearl in an even more precious treasure chest.


Lakes of Italy: Lake Molveno, Trentino
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- The lake of Bolsena (Lazio) is the biggest volcanic lakes in Europe. This lake is quite unusual because it treasures an ancient historical site under its waters: the "Gran Carro", the great cart, are the remains of an ancient village.  More at


- the lake of Como is probably the best known of all Italian lakes: hardly anybody has never heard about it. The famous, unforgivable first words of Manzoni's  "I promessi sposi", the Betrothed, (quel ramo del lago di Como- that branch of the lake of Como), as well as international stars and actors who love visiting the area,  have made the lake so famous that everybody wants to visit it. The area around the lake is known for the presence of historical villas and amazing gardens, as well as picturesque villages. Moreover, Bellaggio has been considered the area of Italy with the cleanest waters.


Lake Tovel.


- the lake of Accesa (Tuscany), in Maremma,  is often chosen as summer destination thanks its atmosphere and the richness of the local fauna and flora.


These are certainly the most renowned lakes but there are others which are certainly worth a visit if you are in other regions of Italy. Here is a complete list of all the Italian laghi, lakes, divided per region:


Lakes in Valle d'Aosta: Lago di Beauregard, Lago di Place-Moulin, Lago di Cignana


Lakes in Piemonte: Lago Agnel, Laghi di Avigliana, Lago Bianco, Lago della Busalletta, Lago di Candia, Lago di Ceresole, Lago di Chiotas , Laghi del Gorzente, Laghi di Lavagnina, Lago di Mergozzo, Lago Maggiore, Lago di Malciaussia, Lago della Meja, Lago del Mucrone, Lago Nero, Lago d'Orta, Lago di Ortiglieto, Lago delle Piane, Lago Ravasanella , Lago di Rimasco, Lago Serrù, Lago della Vecchia, Lago di Viverone .


Lakes in Liguria: Lago degli Abeti, Lago del Brugneto, Lago dell

a Busalletta, Lago di Giacopiane, Laghi del Gorzente, Lago delle Lame, Lago di Ortiglieto, Lago di Osiglia, Lago di Val di Noci


Karersee, Lago di Carezza, in Trentino Alto Adige, near Bolzano


Lakes in Lombardia: Lago di Alserio, Lago di Annone, Lago di Aviasco, Lago Aviolo,  Lago Baitone, Lago del Barbellino, Lago Becco, Laghi di Caldirolo, Lago Campelli, Lago Casere, Lago Cernello, Laghi della Cerviera, Lago di Coca, Lago Colombo,  Lago di Comabbio, Lago di Como, Lago Delio, Lago di Endine, Lago di Gaiano, Lago del Gallo, Lago di Ganna, Lago di Garda,  Lago di Garlate, Lago Gelt, Laghi Gemelli, Lago Gerundo, Lago di Ghirla, Lago d'Idro, Lago d'Iseo, Lago di Lecco, Lago di Lugano, Lago Maggiore, Lago della Malgina, Lago Marcio, Lago di Mezzola, Lago di Monate, Lago di Montorfano, Lago Moro, Lago Nero, Lago di Olginate, Lago di Piano, Lago di Ponteranica, Lago di Porcile, Lago di Pusiano, Lago di Sartirana, Lago del Segrino, Lago Sucotto, Lago delle Trote, Lago della Vacca, Lago di Valle Sambuzza, Lago di Valvestino, Lago di Varese.


Lakes in Trentino-Alto Adige: Lago di Anterselva, Lago di Braies, Lago di Calaita, Lago di Caldaro, Lago di Caldonazzo, Lago di Carezza, Lago di Costalovara, Lago di Dobbiaco, Lago di Favogna, Lago di Fedaia, Lago di Fiè, Lago di Fortezza, Lago di Garda, Lago di Gioveretto, Lago di Cei, Lago di Landro, Lago di Levico, Lago di Monticolo, Lago di Neves, Lago di Resia, Lago di Rio di Pusteria, Lago di San Valentino alla Muta, Lago di Santa Maria, Lago della Serraia, Lago di Tenno, Lago di Tovel, Lago di Valdaora, Lago di Vuldurna, Lago di Varna, Lago di Vernago, Lago di Zoccolo.

The Lago di Resia, Reschensee, hides a village beneath its waters. The bellfry of the old Curon Venosta emerging from the water is a gruesome memory of the events. 


Reschensee, Lago di Resia, Trentino Alto Adige. 


Lakes in Veneto: Lago di Alleghe, Lago di Cadore, Lago di Fimon, Lago del Frassino, Lago di Garda,  Lago di Misurina, Lago Morto, Lago di Pontesei, Lago di Santa Croce 


Lakes in Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Lago Bordaglia, Lago di Cavazzo, Lago di Doberdò, Lago di Fusine, Lago di Mucille, Lago di Sauris, Lago del Predil.


Lakes in Emilia-Romagna: Lago Baccio, Lago Moo, Lago della Ninfa, Lago Santo, Lago Scaffaiolo, Lago di Suviana, Lago di Trebecco, Lago Turchino


Lakes in Tuscany: Lago Acquato, Lago di Bientina, Lago di Bilancino, Lago di Burano, Lago di Chiusi, Lago di Gramolazzo, Lago di Massaciuccoli, Lago di Montedoglio, Lago di Montepulciano, Lago Nero, Lago di San Casciano, Lago Piatto, Lago di San Floriano, Lago Scaffaiolo, Lago di Sibolla, Lago di Vagli, Lago di Vladimonio


Lakes in Umbria: Lago di Alviano, Lago di Arezzo, Lago di Corbara, Lago di Piediluco, Lago Trasimeno.


Lakes in Marche: Lago di Pilato, Lago di Talvacchia


Lakes in Lazio: Lago Albano, Lago di Bolsena, Lago di Bracciano, Lago di Caprolace, Lago di Canterno, Lago di Fogliano, Lago di Fondi, Lago di Giulianello, Lagustelli, Lago dei Monaci, Lago di Martignano, Lago di Mezzano, Lago di Nemi, Lago di Posta Fibreno, Lago di Rascino, Lago Regillo, Lago di Sabaudia, Lago del Salto, Lago del Turano, Lago di Ventina, Lago di Vico


Lakes in Abruzzo: Lago di Barrea, Lago di Bomba, Lago di Campotosto, Lago Pio, Lago Sant'Angelo, Lago di San Domenico, Lago di Scanno, Lago di Talvacchia


Campotosto Lake
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Lakes in Molise: Lago di Guardialfiera, Lago di Occhito


Lakes in Campania: Lago d'Averno, Lago di Lucrino, Lago del Matese, Lago di Telese


Lakes in Puglia: Laghi Alimini, Lago di Lesina, Lago di Locone, Lago di Occhito, Lago di Varano


Lakes in Basilicata: Lago di Acerenza, Lago di Pietra del Pertusillo


Lakes in Calabria: Lago Ampolina, Lago Angitola, Lago Arvo, Lago Cecita, Lago Costantino, Lago La Vota, Lago Rumia


Lakes in Sicily: Lago dell'Ancipa, Lago Arancio, Lago Biviere, Lago Dirillo, Lago Disueri, Lago Fanaco, Lago di Ganzirri, Lago Garcia, Gurne dell'Alcantara, Lago Gurrida, Lago di Lentini, Lago Maullazzo, Lago di Nicito, Lago Nicoletti, Lago di Ogliastro, Lago Olivo, Lago Pergusa, Lago di Piana degli Albanesi, Lago Pozzillo, Lago Prizzo, Lago di Santa Rosalia, Lago Trearie, Lago di Venere.


Lakes in Sardinia: Lago di Baratz, Lago di Coghinas, Lago Liscia, Oasi di Sale 'e Porcu, Lago Omodeo


Before plunging in the beautiful waters of an Italian lake, remember that bathing may be prohibited in some of them, therefore always check notices and signs. But don't despair,the alternative to a swim is just as good: simply plunge into the relaxing atmosphere created by nature,  have a drink at some cafeteria on the lake's banks, and enjoy the panorama. No matter the season, no matter the lake.


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Nomenutm - The Castle - Entrance - Photo courtesy of MM/Wikimedia During the 10th and 11th century the Castle of Nomentum was under the possession of the Roman family of Crescensi. The Normans destroyed the castle in 1058 and the population reduced significantly. The Capocci family acquired the castle and, later the Holy See entrusted it to the Benedectine monks San Paolo fuori le Mura.   History of the Castle The noble Orsini family used the castle as one if its residences during the 15th
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albornoz orvieto
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Castello del Leone Castello del Leone means the Fortress of Lion in Italian. The castle is located in the town of Castiglione del Lago and had been built by Emperor Frederick II. Castiglione del Lago is located in the Perugia province in the region of Umbria. The town is located on the southwestern side of Lake Trasimeno. The town is located 59 km from Orvieto, 21 km from Chiusi and 56 km from Arezzo while Crotona is 21 km and Perugia is located 47 km from the town.   History of the Castle
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Itri - Upper Town - Photo courtesy of MM/Wikimedia Sant'Andrea fort was built during the first century AD on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa. It is located in the direction of Fondi along the Old Via. In 1798 Fra Diavolo used this fort for the defensive operations against French. Itri is a town and comune in the Latium region and in the Latina Province.    History of the Fortress The St. Andrea Fortress is located on the border between Itri and Fondi, the ancient Via Appia track is
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  Tolfa - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Pippo-b/Wikimedia   The city of Tolfa, which has a history that dates back to the Bronze Age and is known for its well preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture, is also famous for the nearby Castle of Rota. Situated 195 meters above sea level it can be found off one of the branches of the Via Claudia Braccianese, near the Verginese Migone river. Not far from Rome it is often a place where city dwellers go to escape the stifling heat of summer for
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Ladispoli, aerial view of the Tyrrenian coast and the Palo-Odescalchi Castle (1500AD ) The Castle of Palo or the Castello di Palo is a medieval fort located in Palo in the Ladispoli municipality. The castle is today owned by the Odescalchi family. The castle stands overlooking the sea where in the ancient time the Etruscan town Alsuim had once stood. The castle had originally been built for defense and the manor is the only structure which is fortified along with the Flavia tower which had
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castelvecchio verona
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Castellaccio dei Monteroni Castellaccio of Monteroni is one of the most important historical monuments of the town of Ladispoli. The castle is actually a fortified farmhouse built during the Middle Ages close to the ancient route of Via Aurelia. The castle is located in the heart of the Monteroni archeological area, which has several large Etruscan mounds. The castle is a very rare example of a fortified farmhouse. Located 35 km from Rome, many tourists from all over the world visit it
Friday, June 1st, 2012
View of the city of Perugia   If visiting Perugia be sure to visit Rocca Paolina, which may not be the first castle to be built in the city, but is certainly one of the most important. Built in 1373 after Cardinal Aegidius Albornoz wrested control of Umbria and Tuscia from Pope Innocent VI, it was meant as a testament to the cardinal's prowess and power. The plans for the original castle were drawn up by Gattapone Gubbio and it was the largest in the area at the time. Only three years after
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Nepi, Borgia castle and Farnese fortification - Photo courtesy of GDelhey/Wikimedia The Borgia Castle is located in Nepi which is in the province of Viterbo in the Latium region. Nepi is located 40 km from Viterbo and close to lake that gets its name from the town. The Borgia castle is a reconstruction of an older feudal manor that dates back to the 15th century. The castle has large walls and four towers, out of which one is open to visitors.   History of the Castle The Borgia castle is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
royal palace caserta
  Reggia di Caserta: the Royal Palace   This stunning architectural complex at Caserta – which includes the Royal Palace, its magnificent gardens, the San Leucio complex, and the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli –  is a true wonder. The large palace, often compared to luxurious buildings like Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid, is  a UNESCO's World Heritage Site.     The Royal Nativity Scene -- Royal Palace, Caserta, Italy.
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Orsini Cesi Castle from Afar - Photo courtesy of In the heart of the lush Lucertili Mountains, in the small town of San Polo dei Cavalieri, about 30km from Rome, is the Castello Orsini Cesi Borghese. Centuries ago the castle was built as a strategic defence fortress and today it is a monument to the area's long and rich history. If you are staying in the area or taking a day trip from Rome keep a look out for the castle, which is hard to miss from its perch atop a high
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Palombara Sabina - Aerial View - Photo courtesy of Cyhawk/Wikimedia The Borgo Castello di Castiglione or the castle town of Castiglione is located one km away from the town of Palombara Sabina. The castle is quite magnificent and is known to be one of the best examples of medieval structure. The building of the castle itself dates back to the later half of the 13th century and stands dominating the entire territory due to its location at a high altitude. The construction of the castle was
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castel sant'angelo rome
  Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome Ph. depositphotos/GekaSkr   If you are visiting the ancient city of Rome why not stop to see the Castel Sant'Angelo, the mausoleum of the Emperor Hadrian? Named for the gorgeous statue of the Archangel Michael on the roof, today the building is the home of the Museo Nazionale de Castel Sant'Angeo. Erected on the shores of the Tiber the structure is located close to the Vatican and was once used as a military fortress.   The Tomb The Castel
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Castel del Monte Ph.   Castel del Monte is a unique castle built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, in the Apulia region. When the Emperor had the castle built, he created a symbol which was of much significance, reflected in the layout, shape and the location of the castle. Castel del Monte is located on a small hill close to the Santa Maria del Monte monastery, near the town of Andria.   Castel del Monte is a perfect example
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    Narni - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Croberto68/Wikimedia   The town of Narni is a part of the Umbria region and is located on a stunning limestone cliff overlooking the Black River. Rocca Albornoz is one of the town's most notable landmarks. Built in the 14th century the Rocca Albornoz was originally a military structure meant to protect the territory from invasions and is now used for various exhibitions and for various conferences.    History of the Castle The castle was built in
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Rocca Pia: The Pride of Tivoli Castle of Rocca Pia in the hilltop town of TivoliRocca Pia is an ancient castle located in the historic city of Tivoli. The castle replaced the earlier Callisto II Borgia and derives its name from Pio II Piccolomini, the Humanist Pope who had ordered that the castle be built in Tivoli. Niccolo and Varrone were the two architects entrusted with the construction of the castle. The castle took one year to build and its main purpose was to control the city and to
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Castello Boncompagni is the ducal castle on the beautiful Isola del Liri. The palace is an ancient fortified castle full of history and located close to the island’s old town, where the two branches of the Liri River form the island mass. Two beautiful waterfalls, Valcatoio and the Great Falls, complete the gorgeous picture, which would charm any visitor. The castle has been important to the region ever since it had been built in the 12th century. The beautiful architecture of the castle, as
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  Castello Papi della Magliana - Entrance - Photo courtesy of   In the past, when popes wanted to escape the stifling summer heat in Rome, one of their preferred destinations was Castello della Magliana. Located near the Tiber in the old Magliano area outside Rome, the castle is first found in written history when mentioned in an 11th century document as being in the possession of the Santa Cecilia Monastery in Trastevere. The castle's hey day was during the reign of Pope
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Bracciano - Panorama - Photo courtesy of Mac9/Wikimedia The Orsini Odescalchi Castle is located on the shores of the Bracciano lake, around 20 miles from the city of Rome. Common agreement is that this structure is one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, due to its elegant mansion and its elegant but effective military architecture. The rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated with a number of valuable paintings and frescoes. Over the centuries, the castle had been home to several
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rocca maggiore assisi
An old postcard of the Rocca Maggiore Ph. flickr/Miss Shari   The historic city of Assisi is dominated by two large medieval castles. The larger castle is known as Rocca Maggiore which is an imposing bastion that looms over the hill town, intimidating potential invaders. The castle as seen today is mainly the work of Cardinal Albornoz, with several later additions by Popes Pius II and Paul III.   Assisi's Rocca Maggiore dominates the entire skyline with its impressive
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Castel Massimo over the town of Arsoli Castello Massimo is located in the town of Arsoli, in the province of Rome. The castle rises from the top of a steep rock outcrop, which partly overlooks Arsoli. The castle's other side overlooks a beautiful park and the castle's formal gardens. There is a tree-lined avenue from the castle gate that leads to the town, wandering through the castle gardens then down to the town square. The Castle A large part of the beautiful piano nobile is available for
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Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena is a small comune located in the Liguria region of Italy in the province of Savona. The village is located close to the cities of Savona and Genoa. The village is spread over an area of 16 sq km and has a small population of only 197. Castelvecchio dates back to the 11th century and it still has an old town that clings to the mountain with its characteristic stone houses. The main highlight of the village is its ancient castle that
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  Gualdo Tadino - Rocca Flea (Flea Fortress) - Photo courtesy of Simonecappellini/Wikimedia Rocca Flea, or the Flea Fortress, is a fortified castle located in the town of Gualdo Tadino in the region of Umbria in central Italy. The castle is located on the upper part of the same hill as the town itself. The castle dates back to the reconstruction of the town in 1237 and is thought to have been built during the Lombard times. In the year 1242 the castle was rebuilt by Frederick II and over
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Rome - Castello di Lunghezza - The Portal - Photo courtesy of The Castello di Lunghezza is a medieval fortification that is located around twenty kilometers from the city of Rome. The castle is located in the province of Rome and according to various historians, it is located at the site of the ancient city of Colliata.   History of the Castle It is not known exactly when the castle had been built but according to scholars, the oldest manor in the location had been
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  Upper Albisola and Savona as seen from The Castellaro - Photo courtesy of Gancjo/Flickr Il Castellaro is a small castle located on a hill in the cozy town of Albisola Superiore, in the province of Savona in Liguria. The remains of the castle can be found in the area where the Sansobbia and Riobasco Valleys meet, very close to the famous church of San Nicola. The mild climate and charm of Albisola, along with its impressive architecture and ancient ruins like Il Castellaro, make it
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  Nerola - Castello Orsini, Avezzano Earthquake, 1915 - Photo courtesy of Tabularius/Wikimedia   We've all read fairytales where the castle in the story played almost as big a role as the characters themselves. Who hasn't dreamt of being the princess sleeping in a castle's fluffy bed or a prince storming the walls to save his beloved? As you grow older you begin to wonder if such fanciful places even exist. Well, they do, and one of these castles is situated only a few kilometers from Rome,