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Lake Carezza (Lago Di Carezza) or The Rainbow Lake of the Dolomites in South Tyrol (Italy)

Lake Carezza (Lago Di Carezza) or The Rainbow Lake of the Dolomites in South Tyrol

Lake Carezza (Lago Di Carezza) in Val d’Ega valley (South Tyrol – Italy) is known for its wonderful colors and therefore is also known as “Lec de Ergobando” (The Rainbow Lake).

This lake is located at the foot of the Latemar Massif, the smallest group of peaks in the Dolomites. The name literally translates as “caress” in Italian, and the clear, ever-changing waters certainly add a visible caress to the stunning landscape. The crystal clear waters of the lake reflect the beauty of the area, which creates a rainbow of colors on the surface.

Lago Di Carezza is supplied by water from underground springs and melting snow (in summer months) from the Dolomites. Surrounded by an amazing landscape that includes towering firs and spruce trees, as well as snow-capped mountains, this place makes an ideal location for a romantic getaway.

The depth of the lake reaches 17 meters and in winter scuba divers visit the abysses and film the play of colors under a thick layer of ice, for documentaries on television channels and also for personal use.

The maximum water temperature (13°C) is recorded in the month of August.

The legend of the Rainbow Lake

Legend has it that a magician smashed the rainbow he had created to seduce a mermaid into the lake, sending beautiful colors tumbling into the water. In truth, many of the beautiful colors are reflected from the surrounding evergreen forests, colors of the mountain rock faces, and the sky above.

Lago di Carezza - Travel destination in South Tyrol, Italy

How to reach Lake Carezza (Lago Di Carezza)? 

Take the SS road 241 on Val d’Ega destination. From this road, you are eventually able to connect with the SS road 48 of Dolomites.

The lake is situated in South Tyrol (Italy) and is part of the Dolomites mountain range. It is a natural landmark located at about 1,500m above sea level. The closest city is Welschnofen and you can travel to the lake either by bike or by car.


Not far from Lago di Carezza, there is the Carezza Golf Club – a 9-hole golf course embedded in great scenery.Lago di Carezza - The Karersee lake

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