Lake Albano

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Fleur
Rome, Italy12 contributions
Aug 2019
This lake is very mysterious. In its deepest parts it's 170 m deep. The lake has a hidden tunnel wich controls the water level. The oracle of Delphi told to do so. You feel the mystery of that place at every part of the lake. I would never ever try to swim in the lake even if I really LOVE swimming. It could be dangerous because of the gas. And there might be currents underwater.
Written February 21, 2020
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Grumpaholic
Wokingham, UK88 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
If you do Rome make sure you visit Lake Albanian, loads to do with kids and different beaches around the lake. We spent two hours in the kayak.
Hard going as it was windy, then some wind surfing. We then drove round the lake stopping at different points. Lots to do to kill a day or two. Loads of places to eat and we found a side road lay-by selling hot pig rolls. They we not to be missed.
Written August 14, 2020
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rocktheboat1
London, UK9 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Got the train from Rome to Castel Gamdolfo (40 mins) and arrived right beside Lake Albano. The lake is absolutely beautiful. There are plenty of places to eat on the waterfront and up the hill where you’ll find the village. Definitely go if you can spend half a day out of Rome.
Written March 17, 2023
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Johny K
4 contributions
Sep 2020
The lake is simply amazing. It's beautiful. Unfortunately, everything around it is just TERRIBLE! The way Italians "don't care" is ruining this place. It's unmaintained, dirty, garbage is lying everywhere. There is a former "Olympic park" which is rotting and rusting behind fence yet part of it is till used. Noone cares, noone maintains it. "Just hop on our kayaks and don't look around much, dear tourist" Also because there is a walk around it, the dog poop is lying everywhere. There is a rusty gate on one place which says "do not enter, falling stones", which was obviously kicked in and got pretty vandalized - on the other hand now you can at least get to the lake without fighting unmaintained vegetaion full of thorns, garbage, used condoms and whatever stuff. 1 star for amazing lake, 2nd star for not finding a dead body.
Written September 9, 2020
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Mamluque
Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful small lake with nice beach clubs and small villages with lots of character. The hotel we stayed in, Locanda dei Ponteficce, has wonderful views but has no lift, is full of mosquitos and the top floor rooms bathrooms have such low ceilings that there are no showers, only seated bath tubs . Easy 40 minutes train connections with Central Rome.
Written August 20, 2023
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Peter S
Rome, Italy3,952 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Lago Albano, Castel Gandolfo, Lazio

Lago Albano is a small volcanic lake 20 km south of Rome; it’s also the most spectacular geological feature in Lazio this close to the city. Take time from your holiday itinerary and delight in the pleasures of a day out – vista/beach/water/forest/restaurant. Like just about everything in life – it’s what you make of it; this thing about appreciating the people, places and times that impact.

Sit on a rock next to Lago Albano of an early morning, and listen to the quietness of the trees/forest around you; take your swim togs and, after a comfortable walk around the lake, get into the water and swim 500 m towards the centre of the lake; tread water and take in the steep crater walls around you; put your head under and swim down a couple of metres; wear swim-goggles and you can see the light above you. Imagine that space beneath you (170 m deep). You can see why the ancients delighted in leaving the heat of the city in summer for the hills around them – modern people too.

After a catastrophic splurge with water over-flowing the crater wall and flooding the surrounding countryside (around 400 BCE), the Ancient Romans controlled the level of the lake by building 1,200 m tunnel through the surrounding wall (and discharging beneath what is now Castel Gandolfo). It was fed by an over-flow/chute and remains in working order to this day (and this notwithstanding 3-4 m fall in lake level during the past 50 years).

You’ll find it easier to get to the lake if you have a car – 40 minutes on the Via Appia Nuova; parking is easy wherever you are, although you pay by the hour if you remain around the beach end of the lake. There’s also that suburban rail line that skirts the lake and climbs up to Castel Gandolfo Town. Catch the train from Roma Termini. That’s what we did en famille just on 30 years back – our first time to the lake.

For the past 10 years or so, a small group of us have been walking the trails around the lake once/week – social walking. This thing about the dynamics of life then – once there were a regular four (more sometimes), but this time there were just the two of us. With the mid-30sdegC heat of mid-year we’ve remained largely beneath the trees. We did the much the same last week.

Started at around 08.30 close to Villa Giulia below Via delle Spiaggia del Lago. Rain from the previous night had moistened the undergrowth and there were puddles in the depressions. Easy walking then with the air fresh and moist; the sort of conditions in which you quickly develop a rhythm that would enable you to walk to the ends of the Earth (or so we tell ourselves – when starting out; later it’s the prospect of that cold drink/lunch that encourages you on.).

Lago Albano has a surface area 6 km2 and it’s completely enveloped by a circular 250 m wall. A loop around the lake is about 10 km – so, about three hours walking. Begin early and catch the sun across the lip of the rim as it impacts the white facade of Castel Gandolfo Town across the lake (the Pope's original summer residence from days long passed). There are others there too – you’ll bump into around 50 people - joggers, ramblers, dog-walkers and trail bikkies - you have to watch the latter - they creep up on you fast and don't tend to give way. Hmmm

We've generally walked the lower trails along the lake side given that's where you find the most shade, but if you scale the wall to reach the upper walking trails you’ll get this spectacular view across to Castel Gandolfo and to the recreational end of the lake where there are beaches and more. The rim is also where you’ll find those strategically-placed restaurants that provide an ‘eating table with a world class view’. It’s the beaches that provide all those tourist services, however, with restaurants and more to suit all tastes/budgets.

Peter Steele
Rome
12 August 2018
Written September 4, 2018
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dustyjourney
Rome, Italy82 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
A lake worth visiting anytime of the year!!
How to get there- from Termini station take the train to Albano Laziale (€2.10 for ticket) and drop at Castel Gandolfo station!
Note: Buy andata/ritorno ticket 'coz at 'd station usually there is no one and there is always a controller on 'd train so to avoid being penalised.
Upon arriving at Castel Gandolfo station, go have to walk going down around 10 mins and there u can see 'd beauty of 'd lake.
Activities: during summer u can go for a swim, during autumn and winter u can find private boat that will take u around 'd lake.
Note: if u want to visit 'd Papal's residence go further up the station and u can find 'd way to the residence.
Note: Be attentive with the train timetable 'coz if u miss ur trainu have to wait another hour for ur next train!!!
Written November 21, 2016
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Neri
London, UK103 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Lake Albono is located in Castel Gandolfo village. It is average 45 mins away from Rome and easy to travel. It is better to go up the village first walk around and take good photos. After discovering this area you can go by the lake and relax. You can make your pack lunch and enjoy the calm area and beautiful nature while you can have your lunch in this peaceful place.
Written July 2, 2019
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LondonPeak
London, UK11 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
A very hot August day was made by a cooling swim in these clear blue waters close to Castel Gandolfo. Take your towel, book and a drink to pass away a relaxing free afternoon by the water's edge. You can pay several euro for the beds but don't need to. It's not a Caribbean golden sandy beach but when the water and weather are this good that's far from your mind. Well worth a visit.
Written August 18, 2016
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MirzaMM
Sarajevo130 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
I visited the place several years ago but this time it was a beautiful sunny day. It was very nice to walk around the lake and to stop for some local food and coffee.
Written July 3, 2014
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Lake Albano - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)