Lake Albano

It is also called the Lake of Castel Gandolfo as the waters reflect the town where the Papal residence is located

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It is also called the Lake of Castel Gandolfo as the waters reflect the town where the Papal residence is located. With a depth of 170 metres, it holds the record for Italian volcanic lakes and is a destination for water sports lovers with particular interest to rowing, sailing and diving. Along the perimeter of the low banks, approximately 10 kilometres, you can often find roadrunners training.

It is not only for sport that Lake Albano is frequented. Its charming landscape, rich vegetation and archaeological and historical-artistic evidence make it a pleasant and interesting spot for relaxation and educational walks.

A new boat service introduced by the Parco Naturale Regionale dei Castelli Romani will take visitors to sail along the so-called "Sentiero dell'Acqua", letting them approach in a new, easy and involving way the environmental and historical-archaeological themes of Lake Albano. Further information is available on the Internet website www.parcocastelliromani.it.

Like all lake basins of volcanic origin, Lake Albano has no tributary and is supplied only by rainwater and some underlying springs.

In 397 BC, the Romans carried out an enormous hydraulic engineering enterprise: an artificial emissary, which allowed the waters of the Lake to reach the sea in order to control the level. Further visible evidence of Roman Age are the Doric Nymphaeum (p.38) and the Bergantino Nymphaeum (p.39).

From the Medieval Age you can see the Convento di Palazzolo (p.41) and a few remains belonging to the Romitorio di S. Angelo (p.42).

Panoramic spots from where you can admire Lake Albano

Behind the Chiesa di S. Tommaso (situated on the main square of Castel Gandolfo) there is a spot that gives a wide view of the Lake.

On the widening near Hotel Miralago in via Galleria di Sopra (a higher road that surrounds the Lake and goes from Albano to Castel Gandolfo).

From the Convent of Palazzolo

Along Via dei Laghi you can find several lay-bys with a Belvedere.