Apart from famous worldwide Lake Como, Italy boasts numerous spectacular lakes you have never heard of.
Lake Tovel or the “red lake”, as the lake is also known, is the largest natural lake in Trentino and one of the jewels of the Adamello Brenta Nature Park. The lake was dubbed the red lake because of a red type of algae that used to tinge the surface of the water during the summer months. Unfortunately, this unique natural phenomenon disappeared in the late 1960s, but the nickname remained.
Location: Strada Provinciale del Lago di Tovel, 38019 Tuenno
Nearby hotels: Hotel Residence Flora Meran, Villa Principe, Antica Residenza de Poda
One of Italy’s beautiful natural lakes with marshlands on the one side, which create a wonderful migratory stop for common and rare birds, and the lovely town of Torre del Lago on the other side, where Puccini lived and wrote many of his operas.
Location: Via del Porto n. 6 loc. Massaciuccoli – cap 55050, Massarosa
Nearby hotels: Sunrise Bed & Breakfast, La Bodicese, B&B, La Chandelle
This is a beautiful lake in the province of Belluno in the Cordevole Valley.
Location: Via Lungolago, Alleghe
Nearby hotels: Appartamenti Chalet al Lago, Hotel Garni La Maison Wellness & SPA, Hotel Adriana
Nearby sights: Monte Civetta, Chiesa di San Bartolomeo Apostolo, Chiesa di San Biagio
Located at the foot of Mount Navegna, a natural reserve of Lazio, Lake Turano offers a wide array of possibilities for outdoor activities, fishing and walking along the shores of the lake.
Location: Castel di Tora
Nearby hotels: 1880 Atypical Rooms, Affittacamere Il Vecchio Treno, Auditorium di Mecenate
This small mountain lake is well-known for its soft, deep green waters and the exquisite view of the Rosengarten and Latemar mountain ranges. The lake is at its most gorgeous in the evening or early morning, when the Rosengarten-Latemar mountain ranges and the green of the Karerwald forest are reflected in its crystal clear water.
Location: Val d’Ega, Bolzano
Nearby sights: Funivia Renon, Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Adig, Piazza Walther
Nearby hotels: Der Eggentaler, Stadt Hotel Citta, Hotel Waldhof
The Avigliana Lakes consist of two lakes, Lago Grande and Lago Piccolo in the Natural Park of the Lakes of Avigliana in the province of Turin.
Location: Piazza di Sopra 4, 37010 Cola, Lazise
Tel.: +39 (0)45 7590988
Nearby hotels: Villa dei Cedri, Relais Corte Pontigliardo,B&B 7 Vizi
Legend has it that Lake Vico was created by Hercules, but in reality it is a caldera lake that was formed in the crater of Vico Volcano. It is part of Lake Vico Natural Reserve. The area is renowned for its important beech forest, which is one of the most southerly in Europe that can survive only due to the elevation of the terrain, which create cooler than normal conditions.
Location: Via dei Noccioleti, Ronciglione, 01037 Ronciglione
Nearby sights: Chiesa Sant’Eusebio, Sogni E Nuvole
Nearby hotels: Hotel Diocleziano, Villa Farinella, La Bella Venere Hotel- Lago di Vico
The splendid Lake Scanno is located at an altitude of 930m above sea level in the Sagittario Valley between Montagna Grande and Monte Genzana, in the middle of Abruzzo National Park. Due to its elevation the temperature remains very pleasant in the summer and there is a lovely promenade and cycle track going around the lake.
Location: Strada Statale 479 SANNITICA, Scanno
Nearby sights: Centro Visita Daini, Frattura, Centro Storico di Scanno
Nearby hotels: B&B Angela, Hotel Belvedere, Hotel Del Lago