Misurina lake

Misurina lake

Il Misurina lake is located in the municipality of di Cadore, in the province of Belluno to 1754 m slm

Lake Misurina can be reached directly by car: going towards Venice and exiting the Mestre ring road, take the A27 to Belluno, at the end of the motorway just continue towards Cadore up to Auronzo, the lake is located directly on the State Road.

The climate of Lake Misurina is unique in Italy: in its surroundings there is the Pius XII center for the treatment of childhood asthma, whose building was the old summer residence of the Italian royalty and thanks to its healthy air the lake is home to many convalescents.

Misurina is a tourist resort known above all thanks to the beauty of its mountain lake.

Every summer it is the destination of many hikers who reach it to spend a relaxing day, admiring the Dolomite peaks that are reflected on the crystal clear waters.

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What to do

The Misurina lake is the starting point for excursions on mountain trails of the Agordino area and for this reason it is the destination of many hikers. Here it is possible to take beautiful walks, with paths and trails ranging from the easiest and most suitable for families to those of high technical difficulty.

The lake is literally surrounded by beautiful mountains:
To the east of the lake there are the Cadini di Misurina, part of the Sesto Dolomites, while to the south you can admire the Sorapiss Group, which is part of the Ampezzo Dolomites; to the north, finally, imposing lees stand out Three peaks of Lavaredo.

Tour of the lake

(Excursion also suitable for children) Il tour of Lake Misurina it is the typical path of those who climb here to admire the beauty of the place. A simple walk suitable for everyone and always flat, you go along the entire perimeter of the lake and you can enjoy the view that changes completely according to our position.

The path that surrounds the lake has a stretch set in the woods where you can rest surrounded by greenery, on the other side we find bars where you can take a refreshment break.

lake of measurina summer peaks of lavaredo

Pedalos on the lake

If you don't want to just walk around the lake but want to navigate it then you can rent a pedal boat and wander around the sweet waters of Lake Misurina.

Visit the Lake of Antorno

(Excursion suitable also for children) Not far from Lake Misurina is the lesser known but wonderful, Antorno lake.

It is a smaller body of water than Lake Misurina but fascinates because it offers in its waters the peaks of Lavaredo are reflected.

Furthermore, this excursion is one of the easy and quiet routes that can be done on foot and without having to climb to high altitude.

Lake of Antorno

City of Carpi Refuge

Near the large yellow building located on the shores of the lake is the Misurina chairlift. This ski resort in the summer allows you to climb comfortably and reach the Col de Varda refuge, from here we start with the excursion on foot towards the magnificent Rifugio Città di Carpi.

Just follow the path 120 leading to the City of Carpi Refuge in about 1 hour and a half of walking. The path is exposed to the south so you can count on the company of the sun.

This retreat is popular with many tourists for the beauty of the panorama it offers once reached, from here you can admire all the peaks of the Sesto Dolomites.

Città di Carpi Refuge, photo by caicarpi.it

More experienced hikers reach it as a starting point for other interesting and more demanding excursions, both on standard trails and via ferrata.

Other trails

Worthy of note are the path that leads to Val Popèna Alta, which takes about 3 hours one way, the path to the Fonda Savio refuge and the Forcella del Diavolo, about 3 and a half hours, and the Bonacossa path, the crossing from north to south of Cadini, which in 4-5 hours will take you to Col de Varda.

Holidays in Misurina, where to stay?

The lake is one very popular tourist destination, in its surroundings there are in fact numerous hotels where to stay.

Mysurine also it is close to other important locations where you can stay like Cortina d'Ampezzo, Auronzo di Cadore in the Veneto area or dobbiaco and San Candido in South Tyrol.

Since Misurina is a mainly excursion destination, many prefer to stay in one of these locations and then move towards Misurina during the day.

Camping in Misurina

Those who travel with a camper and / or caravan can stop at the Camping at the hut which is very close to Lake Misurina.

However, it is worth noting that this campsite does not have rooms and the services are basic so alternatively (even if more distant) you can opt for a Camping Europe which is located in Auronzo di Cadore.

Lake Misurina legend

The lake is of glacial origin and has given rise to one known legend: Misurina, the daughter of King Sorapis, he met one on Mount Cristallo to with a mirror that could read the thoughts of anyone who reflected on it.

Misurina ardently longed for this mirror and her father accepted the condition of the fairy in order to satisfy her: Sorapis, to obtain the mirror, agreed to transform himself into a mountain that would cast a shadow on the fairy's plants, withered from too much sun.

Misurina discovered the transformation of her father, but unfortunately she fell and died. Sorapis' tears formed a lake, the name of which honored the memory of her daughter.


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