Lake of Tovel

Lake of Tovel

Il lake of Tovel is located in Trentino, in the renowned Val di Non, more precisely in the municipality of Ville d'Anaunia at 1178 meters above sea level in the province of Trento. To reach it you need to travel along the provincial road 14 of the Val di Tovel from Tuenno; very busy road in summer and consequently regulated with paid parking and shuttle services from Cles, Tuenno and from the Capriolo car park.

Lake Tovel is the largest in the Val di Non, thanks to its surface area of ​​370 thousand square meters in which it reflects all the majesty of the northernmost part of the Brenta Dolomites (Unesco heritage since 2009) which overlook it.

In particular, looking north, it will be possible not to appreciate Top Man with its 2520 meters, to then pass through Cima Tuenna, Horn of Denno, Horn Flavona e Vagliana peak and stop, open-mouthed, in front of the majesty of 2935 meters of Big stone.

The lake is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Val di Non, thanks to the beauty of its waters and an easily walkable path that surrounds the entire lake.

The walk is also enriched not only by the splendid view of the mountains but also by a fair presence of flora and fauna, with a wise artistic addition, thanks to the wonderful work created by the Brenta Wood Art artists who have carved beautiful sculptures on rooted pine plants, fir and larch.

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Thanks to its imposing size, each point of the lake is a spectacle in itself. The lakeside walk will allow you to see the spectacle of the lake and the Dolomites from every angle, making photography enthusiasts enthusiastic.

Along the walk it will also be possible to stop at the Casa del lago rosso, one of the information houses set up by the Adamello Brenta Natural Park to offer information to visitors.

The cottage, open to the public in the summer with free admission, will reveal the mysterious part of this lake.

The red lake

A natural phenomenon that unfortunately hasn't happened for fifty years; the lake on summer days was tinged with a blood red color on the south-east side.

Nothing magical, simply an alga, the Tavellia sanguinea that bloomed in particular temperature conditions, releasing an oily solution that colored its waters in this way.

A fascinating spectacle now visible only in the vintage photos, exhibited right in the Casa del Lago Rosso.

Despite this important loss (probably caused by the lack of nutritional elements for this alga that came from the defecations of the sheep, no longer present, which grazed near the body of water) the lake is still a perfect photographic subject for visitors and photographers, thanks to the northernmost part of the Brenta Dolomites (Unesco heritage since 2009) that overlook it.

Useful Info

After reading our guide and seeing some photos you will definitely want to visit Lake Tovel, so here are some indications to better organize your visit:

How to Get There:

Lake Tovel can be reached via the provincial road 14 of the Val di Tovel da Tuenno.

Where to park

a few minutes away from the lake there is a car park which, thanks to the high influx of tourists in the summer, is subject to charges (with agreements for residents of the Val di Non, the municipalities of the Park and for holders of the Trentino Guest Card).

For those unwilling to drive to the lake, a convenient shuttle service is also available during the summer, departing from Cles, Tuenno and the Capriolo car park.

When to visit

The lake can be visited all year round, but in the winter season the road is closed in case of snow or ice, making the visit to the lake possible only by covering the entire route on foot.

There is no more beautiful season than the other to visit this natural wonder, the lake is wonderful during the post-winter awakening, welcoming and cool in the summer heat, colorful and changing in the autumn one and then returning quiet, majestic and silent when all the area is covered with a blanket of snow in the winter months.

The ease of the walk does not require technical clothing or footwear, a sweater will be sufficient in the summer period (temperature 10 ° / 19 ° C) while a few more layers will be needed in the intermediate seasons (temperature 10 ° / 5 ° C) and snow clothing for winter (temperature 2 ° / -2 ° C).

Vacation at Lake Tovel

This place is definitely worth a holiday of one or more days. In Val di Non there are numerous hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Places to stay to visit Lake Tovel

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