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The eighth largest lake in Italy with a surface of 22 square miles it is the second lake by extension in the Lazio Region (second only to Bolsena) and one of the major lakes of Italy. It is a lake of volcanic origin it has a circular perimeter of approximately 20 miles - in essence, you will be swimming, sailing, rowing in a volcano. Its surface is 541 feet above the sea level, with its deepest point deeper at 541 feet.
Less than an hour's ride from Rome by car, bus or train, you will find the best swimming in the clear waters. The absence of motorized navigation (apart from police boats) favours sailing and canoeing. It also is good for swimming, except for the fact that there is a type of parasitical fluke in the lake, commonly known as swimmer's itch.
As it serves as a drinking water reservoir for the city of Rome it has been under control since 1986 in order to avoid pollution of its waters. The use of motorboats is strictly forbidden (exceptions being made for a few professional fisherman and the authorities), and a centralised sewer system has been built for all the bordering towns in order to avoid any spoiling of the water quality. This makes Bracciano one of the cleanest lakes of Italy.
Three towns border the lake - Bracciano, Anguillara Sabazia and Trevignano Romano - Bracciano being the most familiar to tourists and Trevignano being the least.
At La Marmotta, a few hundred meters outside the village of Anguillara Sabazia, remains of an Early Neolithic lakeshore village, datable 5700 BCE have been found. The oldest post Fugazzola Delpino has discovered at La Marmotta dates from around 5,690 BCE, but she thinks ongoing work may yet reveal the village to have been born a century or so earlier. She is more certain of when it died: within a decade of so of 5230 BCE. "Since the sixth millennium BCE, as the climate has grown wetter, the water level in Lake Bracciano has risen more than 25 feet, and so the ruins of the Neolithic lakeshore village are now buried in bottom mud 400 yards off shore" (Delpino 2002).
The strongest evidence that the Marmottans came from far away, probably originally making their way upriver to its source in Lake Bracciano, is simply that their culture was advanced. In the region around Lake Bracciano, according to Fugazzola Delpino, there is no sign of any hunter-gatherers before the settlement was built at La Marmotta. The builders of the village had at their disposal, from the start, the entire "Neolithic package": domesticated animals and plants, ceramic pots, polished stone tools, just as though they had unloaded all those things from their boats.
They kept sheep and goats; they brought pigs and cows with them too, and two breeds of dog, and they planted a wide variety of crops—wheat and barley —and collected others in the woods. " 'They had everything', says Fugazzola, 'They ate grains, vegetables, and also lots of fruit – apples, plums, raspberries, strawberries' Especially in winter they supplemented their diet with acorns, which they stored in large ceramic jars. They cultivated flax to make linen. They planted opium poppies" One of their boats has been recovered.
Anguillara takes its name from the Italian "eel" which is found in abundance in the lake, along with perch, and served in most restaurants in the area.
Note: there is a separate page for Anguillara
The least populated of the three principal towns is Trevigno where few tourists spend much time. From a large parking lot you can decend to grass flats which border the lake - there is a pavilion with an outdoor bar-b-que and here you can enjoy uncrowded swimming with the Italian locals.
Note: Trevigno will have a separate page eventually.
- Pros:Excellent swimming & sailing in clean waters
- Cons:Bracciano can be crowded with tourists
- In a nutshell:A most pleasant respite from busy Rome
Locals enjoy a full day in one of the many pavilions. more travel advice
You will see all types of small sail boats, paddle boats and windsurfing on the lake. The use of motorboats is strictly... more travel advice
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