Lago di Vico, Ronciglione

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Lake Vico is a caldera lake in the northern Lazio region, central Italy. It is one of the highest major Italian lakes, with an altitude of 510 m. Administratively, it is part of the municipalities of Caprarola and Ronciglione.The lake is surrounded by the Cimini Hills, in particular by the Fogliano (965 m) and Venere (851 m) mountains. It is part of the Lake Vico Natural Reserve.According to legend, the lake was created by Hercules, who defied the local inhabitants by wielding his club. When he did this, a stream sprang up and formed the lake.Lake Vico occupies the central caldera of Vico Volcano. A volcanic cone was built up in a series of eruptions that occurred 305,000 to 258,000 years ago. Later, the eruption of voluminous pyroclastic flows, and volcanic ash, caused the progressive collapse of the volcanic cone, which created the caldera, in which Lake Vico now lies, by about 138,000 years ago.The lake is drained by the River Vicano. Before the construction of a tunnel by the Etruscans, the lake was probably deeper than today, the Monte Venere constituting an island within it.The area is famous for its extensive beech forest, which is one of the most southerly in Europe. The elevation, plus the surrounding sides of the crater, create cool enough conditions for the continued survival of the trees. A large part of the northern side of the crater is a nature reserve to protect this forest.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Healthy air and atmosphere from Lake with ultimate peace of mind, truly an hour spent in pure relaxation.
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  • August 16, 2017
    lovely Mountains surround this lake which has clear water, clear water we took a walk in the Woods by the Lake. too bad few beds otherwise I would have stopped for the night
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  • August 15, 2017
    Hi my name is Innocenzi, a few days ago I was with my partner rd 16 years old daughter to see this Lake. I have to say that is cute and very well cared for, there are shadows on the grass, where you can safely lay x relax and sunbathe, maybe you could do better right into the water, since it's not very clean, but I think it depends on us, we can't keep clean what, given that ladciamo all around , I have to say that such gestures, I don't do, and attempted to teach who is next, that these wonders we have, should be kept and don't spoil, however the tour was positive, beautiful place and organized decently x to best accommodate the tourist. We had a good time
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