For the travel section on the road I want to talk about the Dolomites that are one of the most fascinating Italian mountains. The article is inspired by this photo taken by Michele Bertuetti. The subject of the shot is Lake Tovel located at 1178 m above sea level in Trentino Alto-Adige. Precisely, this site is located in the territory of the municipality of Ville d’Anaunia in Val di Non, in the province of Trento.
Where is it
This will please you: the photo taken shows the waters of the lake in the foreground, reflecting the mountain range of the Brenta Dolomites that lies in the background. The lake extends from the village of Tuenno for 17 km between the Peller to the west and the massif of the Campa to the east, until reaching the impressive massif of the Brenta Dolomites that surrounds the valley. The area is within the Adamello Brenta Natural Park. This is the region’s most extensive protected area and was established in 1967.
For on the road trips I want to tell you two curiosities about the Italian mountains and in particular the location of the Dolomites, which is the subject of the photograph. The lake in the past was also called by the name of Bear Lake. The reason is that there are some brown bears in the valley that populate the territory of the natural park. In ancient times it was also called Red Lake for the color of its waters. The appellation was due to the presence of an alga, the Tovellia sanguinea, which caused the redness of its waters. This happened until 1964.
There is more: an ancient local legend says that there was a princess named Tresenga in the area. This was the last daughter of Ragoli and was asked in marriage by many suitors, but she refused any offer. One day, the King of Tuenno, who couldn’t resign himself to the rejection, began the battle that took place on the banks of the lake and saw the inhabitants of Ragoli succumb to the fire of the soldiers of Tuenno. The princess was killed by the king and the lake at the end of the day was red with blood. It is said that the lake is colored red in memory of the princess’s courage.
As you can see, there are many things that you can find out about our country by admiring a photograph. Now what are you waiting for? Take your trip now you know what to see on the Italian mountains and in particular on the Dolomites on your road trip!