During our grandson’s April visit to Italy we took time to explore the Lake of Posta Fibreno, which is located in the beautiful area of the Val di Comino in Italy. The village, of the same name, is perched on on a rocky ledge and has a splendid view of the valley and lake below.
The lake is in the shape of an elongated curve. It is a protected Nature Reserve measuring about 400 hectares.
The lake is fed by thawing snow and rainwater that has flowed down from the slopes of the mountains of the Abruzzi. As the rock is limestone much of the rainwater is channeled underground. Where a pool of water collects the water becomes dispersed through springs into the lake. Thus the water in the lake is icy cold and crystal clear, and remains at a constant temperature all year round. Scuba divers enjoy exploring the lake due to crystal clearness of the water.
The lake has a curious “floating island” known as “la Rota” which has developed over the course of thousands of years due to an accumulation of peat, rhizomes, tree roots, plants and algae. The thick mat of vegetation is not rooted to the bottom of the lake, so it drifts according the undercurrents and the strength of the wind.
Local fishermen use flat-bottomed boats, known as “nàue”, traditionally made of oak and propelled by the use of a pole or an oar. It is thought that this type of boat was designed and first utilised thousands of years ago by the Samnite people. The lake contains an abundance of fish such as trout, carp, eels and freshwater crayfish. The lake is lined by weeping willow trees, by rushes and reeds and other aquatic plants.
It is a popular haunt of nature lovers and bird watchers. Several nature trails have been created through the park and there is also restored watermill and a museum of local culture and tradition to visit.
On the shoreline there are several bars and restaurants set beside the lake. There are also lovely spots to have a family picnic. It is a favourite place to visit on a Sunday afternoon by the locals.
We hired a pedal boat to further explore the lake.
We saw numerous birds such as coots, ducks and herons. There were also some eager beavers who were busily collecting sticks to build their dams. Together with its unique natural beauty and eco-system the lake provides an ideal environment for many species of flora and fauna.
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott