Over the past few years, Lago di Tovel has become one of my favourite places in this region, Trento - Northern Italy. It's a piece of nature's greatness I must say!
I still remember the very first time I visited this place though, it was middle of winter time, and the entire lake was frozen. As it was deadly quiet, I heard the heavy ice breaking in the distance - a scary sound, but extremely invigorating at the same time. Since then, I've been visiting this lake every time I visited this region, (once or twice a year) and it has become my favourite, as I've seen the lake in every season!
During the warm season you will definitely encounter many visitors, although they are mostly hikers, backpackers and most of them locals - not your usual city tourists with the selfie sticks which is a relief, in a way.
Some interesting trivia about the lake and area surrounding it:
- the lake is famous for turning into an intense red colour, due to the concentration of a type of alga, however, since 1962 the lake hasn't changed colour anymore. The phenomenon has not been fully researched, unfortunately.
- the lake was formed by a landslide in year 1300
- it is situated in the mountains at an elevation of around 1200m and is the largest natural lake in Trentino
- maximum depth of the lake is 39m and has a surface of 360,000m2
- you can circle the lake via an easy trail of around 3km, which will take you no longer than 2 hours, with lots of time to spare for taking photos!
There is very limited public transport to take you to the lake as it's quite a remote area, in between the mountains and old, small villages... Obviously, renting a car directly from the airport is the best way of getting anywhere and exploring as much as you want without any boundaries! Of course not everyone is keen to do that, but if you do have a driver's licence, nothing else should stop you, Exhilaration guaranteed if you travel by car around these places!
A good location for a place to stay near the lake, Chalet Tovel. I didn't even go for an espresso there therefore don't have any personal opinions, but online reviews are quite good. I think it's a good option (and frankly quiet cheap) for those who like to wander more around the woods.
There's not much left to say as all the photos speak for themselves. A wonderful place hidden from the eyes of most tourists, where the quiet surrounds you everywhere, where you can smell the fresh air and truly appreciate nature.
I hope I've inspired you to add this place to your wish list!
P.S. Read this story also here