Historic and Popular Crater Lakes in Italy
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Historic and Popular Crater Lakes in Italy

Italy is one of the most historic countries in the world. Its capital, Rome, was for centuries the religious and political center of Western civilization as the capital of the mighty Roman Empire and site of the Holy See. The city itself is one of the oldest existing cities in human history.

Italy is one of the most historic countries in the world. Its capital, Rome, was for centuries the religious and political center of Western civilization as the capital of the mighty Roman Empire and site of the Holy See. The city itself is one of the oldest existing cities in human history.

Presently, Italy is one of the richest countries in the world. It is a member of the so-called G-8 (Group of 8), an organization of the most powerful countries.   The country, which is famous for its world-class wine, is also one of the most visited countries in the world. The city of Rome and the Vatican City are the two major factors for Italy’s successful tourism industry.

There are also some natural attractions which are favorite tourist destinations in Italy. Among these natural wonders worth visiting are Italy’s crater lakes. Here are some of the most popular and historic crater lakes in Italy.

Lake Nemi

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The first crater lake on the list is Lake Nemi, a small circular volcanic lake located in the Lazio region.  It is situated 30 km south of Rome. The name of the lake was taken from the name of a nearby town that overlooks the lake – the town of Nemi. Lake Nemi is most famous for the many sunken Roman ships during the Ancient period. In Roman mythology, the lake is sacred to Diana, the goddess of hunting. It is the site of the Nemoralia festival.

Lake Bracianno

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Lake Bracciano is one of the most notable, largest and cleanest lakes in Italy. It is located near Rome and is one of the most popular tourist attractions near the city. Lake Bracciano serves as a drinking water reservoir for Rome and it has been under control by the city government since 1986 to avoid its pollution. The use of motorboats is prohibited in the lake making canoeing, sailing and swimming favorable activities. T

Lake Bolsena

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Another large lake in Italy is the crater lake - Lake Bolsena. The lake is located on the northern part of the province of Viterbo. This historic crater lake is now a popular tourist destination with lots of amenities for tourists and related establishments for agro-tourism. 

Lake Albano

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Lake Albano is a small volcanic crater lake located in the Alban Hills of Lazio at the foot of Mount Cayo. It is situated just 20 km southeast of Rome. Historically, the lake is known to the Romans as Albanus Lacus. It is 170 meters deep and has a surface area of about 8 km². The lake hosted the rowing and canoeing events of the 1960 Summer Olympics.

Lake Avernus

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The Lake Avernus is a lovely crater lake located in the Campania region. Ancient Romans considered the lake as the entrance to Hades and is regarded for centuries as a deadly lake. The first major road tunnel was built in the area. It is one km long and wide enough to be used by chariots.

Lake Vico

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Lake Vico is a historic and legendary caldera lake located in the northern Lazio region and is part of the Lake Vico Natural Reserve. According to legend, the lake was created by Hercules. The area is famous for its extensive beech forest which makes the condition in the area cool and favorable.

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Lake Vico looks the best.

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