Discovering Lake Carezza

Lake Carezza, the rainbow lake

 

In the Ladin language, Lake Carezza is also called “lec de ergobando”, or rainbow lake. According to the guide of the Italian Touring Club, the name of the lake comes from the name of the Caricaceae, a family of plants with broad leaves and lobed, common near the lake.

 

The size and depth of the lake vary from season to season, but the highest level is usually reached in spring when there is the greatest melting of snow fallen during winter. In spring, the lake reaches a length of 287 meters and a width of 137 meters, with a maximum depth of about 17 meters. The excess water flows into a small stream that can be seen on the west side of the lake.

 

In October, the lake is greatly reduced in size and depth, boasting a depth of only 6 meters. The crystal clear waters usually freeze during winter.

Lake Carezza, the rainbow lake

 

In the Ladin language, Lake Carezza is also called “lec de ergobando”, or rainbow lake. According to the guide of the Italian Touring Club, the name of the lake comes from the name of the Caricaceae, a family of plants with broad leaves and lobed, common near the lake.

 

The size and depth of the lake varies from season to season, but the highest level is usually reached in spring when there is the greatest melting of snow fallen during winter. In spring, the lake reaches a length of 287 meters and a width of 137 meters, with a maximum depth of about 17 meters. The excess water flows into a small stream that can be seen on the west side of the lake.

 

In October the lake is greatly reduced in size and depth, boasting a depth of only 6 meters. The crystal clear waters usually freezes during winter.

Lake Flora and Fauna

 

The resonance spruce or Picea abies is very common in the beautiful and dense woods surrounding the lake, this plant is very well known by musicians because its wood is used in the creation of soundboards.

 

In the waters of Lake Carezza, the Arctic char lives, a fish that belongs to the family of salmonids; it looks similar to a trout, with a similar flavor as well.

 

The nature that surrounds the lake is intact and absolutely suggestive, you can admire many mountain species difficult to find elsewhere, due to a wooden fence that is forbidden to cross.

 

The local flora and fauna are often the source of interesting documentaries and studies on Alpine nature.

Lake Carezza and tourism

 

Lake Carezza is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, it is a must for anyone who travels to Trentino to visit Alto Adige.

 

During summer, nature offers wonderful landscapes, with the lake as a backdrop, with its beautiful colors. Many divers love to dive into the lake, even in the winter season, to take breathtaking pictures under the ice. Under these conditions, the lake shows a chromatic intensity of very high emotional impact.

 

Excursions on the mountain group of Catinaccio and Latemar are offered to the lovers of hiking, trails with increasing difficulty surrounded by unspoiled nature, you can enjoy some of the trails already marked and others to explore further.

Lake Carezza and tourism

 

Lake Carezza is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world, it is a must for anyone who travels to Trentino – Alto Adige.

 

During summer, nature offers wonderful landscapes, with the lake as a backdrop with its beautiful colors. Many divers love to dive into the lake even in the winter season to take breathtaking pictures under the ice. In this condition too, the lake shows a chromatic intensity of very high emotional impact.

 

Excursions on the mountain group of Catinaccio and Latemar offers to all lovers of hiking, trails with increasing difficulty surrounded by unspoilt nature, you can take advantage of some already marked trails and others to explore further.

A blend of Myths and Legends

 

The Alpine lake has always aroused great astonishment in its visitors. Its colors and location in a place that smells magical have been a source of inspiration for painters and poets who were dazzled by so much spectacle.

 

An ancient story tells of a young and beautiful nymph named Ondia. She lived deep in lake Carezza and with her gentle song, enchanted the travelers who went up to the pass of Costalunga. On Mount Latemar there lived a sorcerer named Masarè who fell madly in love with the nymph, he did everything to get her, but Ondina was very shy and every time someone approached her, she quickly returned to the depths of the lake, disappearing from prying eyes.

 

Grieved by despair, the sorcerer asked a witch on a nearby mountain, Mount Catinaccio, for help. The witch, Lanwerda, put together a very ingenious plan and told the magician to take the form of a goldsmith and build a rainbow from Latemar to Catinaccio using jewels and gems. A nymph who had never seen such a great view before would surely approach the shore of the lake to admire the rainbow made of jewels and gems.

Continuation of the Myth

 

The magician immediately set to work and created a magnificent rainbow. Ondina emerged from the waters of the lake and approached it, driven by curiosity to the shore. As soon as the sorcerer saw her, he raced to meet her, but he had made a huge mistake: he had forgotten his goldsmith’s disguise, and as soon as Ondina saw him, she returned to the waters of the lake, and no one has seen her since. The desperate sorcerer threw the jewels into the lake and destroyed the wonderful rainbow he had created, returned to Mount Latemar and completely covered his tracks.

 

The colors of the rainbow and gems were, however, absorbed by the crystal clear waters of the lake, giving them a range of colors of great emotional impact the lake reflects according to the time of day, a number of colors to leave everyone who approaches its waters amazed.

 

A bronze statue of the nymph Ondina has been hidden in the lake at a depth of about four meters, you can see it in late summer or if you have a particularly good eye.

Continuation of the Myth

 

The magician immediately set to work and created a magnificent rainbow, Ondina emerged from the waters of the lake and approached it, driven by curiosity to the shore. As soon as the sorcerer saw her, he raced to meet her, but he had made a huge mistake: he had forgotten his goldsmith’s disguise, and as soon as Ondina saw him, she returned to the waters of the lake, and no one has seen her since. The desperate sorcerer threw the jewels into the lake and destroyed the wonderful rainbow he had created, returned to Mount Latemar and caused his tracks to be lost.

 

The colors of rainbow and precious stones were however absorbed by the crystal clear waters of the lake, giving them a range of colors of great emotional impact, the lake reflects according to the time of day, a number of colors to leave everyone who approaches its waters amazed.

 

A bronze statue of the nymph Ondina has been hidden in the lake at a depth of about four meters, you can see it in late summer or if you have a particularly good eye.

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