Lago Di Campotosto, Campotosto

Lake Campotosto is a man-made lake in Abruzzo, Italy. The reservoir is located at an elevation of 1,313 m and comprises an area of 14 square kilometres. It is located in the natural park known as the "Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park".The lake is reachable via the Italian State Highway 80 from either L'Aquila or the Adriatic Coast. Smaller roads lead to Capitignano, Montereale and Amatrice.DescriptionDuring the Quaternary Period of glacier formation, the Campotosto water basin had the form of a double "Y". Towards the end of this period, the Fucino River bed came into being. The upper portion of the artificial lake maintains the previously seen double "Y" formation that on the lower side is shaped more like a single "V".The area where the lake now sits was once a vast peat bog, this used as an energy source by the local small industries up until the early 20th century. Lake Campotosto was created in the 1930s by means of constructing three dikes. The main reason for creating the lake was to establish a water reservoir that could be used to generate hydroelectric power in the Vomano valley.During the construction of Lake Campotosto, a cableway leading to the Capitignano railway station was fortified. It was used to transport building materials and to carry earth away from the excavations. From Capitignano the rail line headed to L'Aquila following a course that had earlier been used for the transportation of peat. The rail line was abandoned soon after construction of the lake was completed.
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  • Despite the devastation still clearly visible, despite minimal business activities, mostly in containers, nothing could erase the great beauty of this Lake, we saw in all the splendor of autumn colors, with snow on the reliefs neighbors. Let us a ride, drink a coffee, buy some cheese: it is always worth it.
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  • The Lake is huge and can disconnect the visitor from the busy city. There is also a kiosk that offers food and drink. You can go kayaking
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  • Visited this artificial lake at the last of the year; not easy to reach because many roads are closed due to snow or the earthquake in 2016 (in both cases is still outrageous). The Lake was frozen over so I could not tell the color of the water though the context is very nice with the snowy Apennines and white everywhere. I think the best place is the Lake on the opposite side of the village of Campotosto. A discreet stage to do maybe en route for Italy.
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