Lake Bracciano (in ItalianLago di Bracciano) is a lake of volcanic origin and it is set in the Italian region Lazio, 32 km NW of Rome.
With a surface of 56.76 kmē it is the second lake by extension in the region (second only to Bolsena) and one of the major lakes of Italy. It has a circular perimeter of approximately 32 km; its surface is 160 meters above sea level and its deepest point is 165 m..
The volcanic origin of the lake is due to intense volcanic activity (from 600.000 to 40.000 years ago) which created many small volcanoes in the Sabatino territory. The main magmatic chamber was situated under the present lake of Bracciano. The sinking in of this chamber created the depression now occupied by the lake. Some small craters are still recognisable around the lake and in the immediate vicinity.
The lake is an important tourist attraction situated near Rome. As it serves as a drinking water reservoir for the town of Rome it is since 1986 under control in order to avoid pollution of its waters. The use of motorboats is strictly forbidden (exceptions for a few professional fisherman and the authorities) and a centralised sewer system has been built for all the bordering towns in order to avoid any spoiling of the water quality. This makes it one of the (if not the) cleanest lakes of Italy. Also the absence of motorized navigation favours sailing and canoeing.
Since a few years the lake and its surroundings have been brought under further protection by the creation of a regional Park called: ”Parco Regionale del complesso lacuale di Bracciano Martignano”.
Parco Regionale del complesso lacuale di Bracciano Martignano (http://www.parchilazio.it/parco.bracciano.martignano/index.html)
LakeBracciano (in Italian Lago di Bracciano) is a lake of volcanic origin in the Italian region Lazio, 32 km NW of Rome.
With a surface of 56.76 km² it is the second largest lake in the region (second only to Lake Bolsena) and one of the major lakes of Italy.
At La Marmotta, a few hundred meters outside the village of Anguillara Sabazia, remains of an Early Neolithic lakeshore village, datable 5700 BCE have been found,in works overseen by Maria Antonietta Fugazzola Delpino, director of the Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography in Rome, and president of the Italian Institute of Prehistory and Protohistory.
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