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Lago Piedluco, Umbria: 1 reviews and 5 photos

  View over Lago Piediluco (from the village)
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  • View over Lago Piediluco (from the village) - Umbria
      View over Lago Piediluco (from the village)
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  • Monte Caperno (left) at Lago Piediluco - Umbria
      Monte Caperno (left) at Lago Piediluco
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  • Village of Piediluco - Umbria
      Village of Piediluco
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  • The enchanting landscape south of the lake - Umbria
      The enchanting landscape south of the lake
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  • The enchanting landscape south of the lake - Umbria
      The enchanting landscape south of the lake
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This little lake attracted my attention when I saw it on the map. It looked small and no bigger city nearby. So I wanted to see it on my way from San Pietro in Valle to Valle Umbra. What a good decision! It was a bit tricky to get “uphill” to Marmore, as the road lead through the very tiny and narrow streets of Papigno, off SS 209 (the street through Valnerina) but once I was up at Marmore, the lake is signposted. And when the lake came in view I was amazed of this very much beautiful setting. The area is quite flat here, surrounded by little hills and the big mountains of Monti Reatini in the background to the east. There was such a quiet and serene atmosphere around the whole place, it was as if I was in another world. Maybe it is different in summer, as the little village of Piediluco is prepared for summer guests with many watersport options such as boat rides and kayak and swimming of course. Italy’s kayak national team is exercising here by the way. The village is really a lovely spot and a hike uphill leads to the top of Monte Luco with the old papal fortress Rocca dell’ Albornoz.

The cone shaped mountain Monte Caperno, opposite of Piediluco, BTW, called Monte dell’Eco, as he is famous for an extraordinary clear echo at a point near a picnic area. This is the mountain on the left side in photo 2.

After I had a lovely gelato I tried to drive around the lake, but this is not possible, as the road leads around it in a circle. Hiking oir cycling would have been an option – well, next time! While I drove around I saw many signs for historical buildings and churches, so there is definitely a lot to discover here! To the southeast is another little natural reserve which must be beautiful, Riserva Naturale dei Laghi Lungo e Ripasottile, and the fact that the website is only available in Italian shows that it is very much overlooked by other than Italian travellers. I especially liked the southern part of the lake with gentle hills and ah so green meadows. To the north (and back to the road to Marmore) it gets a bit ugly, they seem to build something like a huge street, so maybe the magic of this western part will vanish soon.

Address: Piediluco, southeast of Marmore (prov. Terni)
Directions: Coordinates on GoogleEarth:
42°32’05,80’’N; 12°45’50,61’’E

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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