The splendour of winter lakes
Step into the wild and discover 5 hidden gems
Fascinating, mesmerising and, at times, wild: these are the winter lakes. As the first snowflakes start to fall and the temperature drops, the lakes’ surface turns into a gleaming sheet of ice covered by a soft white mantle.
The whole landscape is draped in wintery hues, framed by the stunning natural backdrop of snow-capped mountains; the atmosphere is surreal, almost mystical. This is the perfect time for a peaceful wilderness excursion to discover the landscape and its hidden gems.
As Toblino Castle rises through the early mist of the lake, it’s easy to understand why, as tales tell, fairies used to live here. An inscription near the castle entrance also tells of a small sanctuary dedicated to the fairies. The location is in easy reach by car.
Not far from Lake Garda, this beautiful alpine lake is a popular destination amongst families and those keen to discover the history of pile dwellings in the region. Few restored pile houses can be seen along the shores. The high altitude gives the lake the status of one of the most pristine lakes in Trentino. Worth braving the cold weather to snap some pictures.
The Calaita Lake, located in the highest part of Valle del Venoi, offers a spectacular vantage point from which to gaze at the Pale di San Martino. Close to Fiera di Primiero, the lake is easy to reach by car following the signs for Passo della Gobbera. The road is accessible also in winter.
Framed by a crown of fir trees, Lake Tovel is located in the heart of the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park. A walk along its shores in winter provides for an almost mystical experience. Beware however, in the case of heavy snow, the access road to the lake may be closed.
Labelled the jewel of Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, Lake Molveno with its clear and deep blue water offers mirror-like reflections of the Dolomites peaks that surround it. A postcard scene of pristine natural beauty, particularly fascinating in winter.