Lake Nemi

It is the smallest of the two Castelli Romani lakes and in ancient times was also called "Specchio di Diana" ("Diana's Mirror") because of the Sacred Woods and the Temple-Sanctuary of Diana Nemorensis, the Goddess of Woods, situated along the banks

lago di nemi

It is the smallest of the two Castelli Romani lakes and in ancient times was also called "Specchio di Diana" ("Diana's Mirror") because of the Sacred Woods and the Temple-Sanctuary of Diana Nemorensis (p.110), the Goddess of Woods, situated along the banks.

Lake Nemi was appreciated as an entertainment and holiday location of by the ancient Romans. Emperor Caligula organized enormous celebrations in honour of Diana on his two famous ships, which were anchored in the centre of this small volcanic lake. The remains of the ships can be seen today at the Museum of Roman Ships (p.110) located on the banks of the same lake.

Today, a large part of the banks of the lake is taken up by cultivations of tasty good quality strawberries for which the attractive medieval town of Nemi has become renown.

According to the Goletta dei Laghi report in 2009, it is considered possible to bath in the lake in its complete form, except for the area in front of the Museum of Roman Ships.

Panoramic spots from where you can admire Lake Nemi

From the square of Nemi where the Chiesa del Crocifisso stands.

From the small belvedere just after the arch next to Palace Ruspoli.

From the Sfoza-Cesarini Park at Genzano.