Lago di Vico, Ronciglione

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Lake Vico is a caldera lake in the northern Lazio region, central Italy. It is one of the highest major Italian lakes, with an altitude of 510 m. Administratively, it is part of the municipalities of Caprarola and Ronciglione.
The lake is surrounded by the Cimini Hills, in particular by the Fogliano (965 m) and Venere (851 m) mountains. It is part of the Lake Vico Natural Reserve.
According to legend, the lake was created by Hercules, who defied the local inhabitants by wielding his club. When he did this, a stream sprang up and formed the lake.
Lake Vico occupies the central caldera of Vico Volcano. A volcanic cone was built up in a series of eruptions that occurred 305,000 to 258,000 years ago. Later, the eruption of voluminous pyroclastic flows, and volcanic ash, caused the progressive collapse of the volcanic cone, which created the caldera, in which Lake Vico now lies, by about 138,000 years ago.
The lake is drained by the River Vicano. Before the construction of a tunnel by the Etruscans, the lake was probably deeper than today, the Monte Venere constituting an island within it.
The area is famous for its extensive beech forest, which is one of the most southerly in Europe. The elevation, plus the surrounding sides of the crater, create cool enough conditions for the continued survival of the trees. A large part of the northern side of the crater is a nature reserve to protect this forest.
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  • A wonderful discovery. A lovely place. An experience to do. Never seen the hazelnuts, as bad as a little girl.
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  • Romantically walkable and loving. The nature camping then makes it perfect. An hour from Rome. It seems that it was the Etruscans who lowered the water level by about 20 meters. Three thousand years later, thank you.
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  • One of lake of Lazio , very nice and romantic lake specially above the mountain or forest that you can see very well the lake down, like you hag all the lake , place very green, very height trees, good for picnic and for the family with kids, even for couples, you can find place to make fire for prepar excellent lunch with the natural beauty day .
  • fantastic place! to visit! really beautiful the view, it is a spectacle of nature !!
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