A Day at Lake Idro
9 June 2016
This beautiful stretch of water framed by a background of green mountains takes on typically Alpine features compared to other lakes in Lombardy. Twelve kilometres long and two kilometres wide, Lake Idro reaches a maximum depth of 122 m. It is 368 metres above sea level and is surrounded by wooded mountains that exceed altitudes of 1000 metres and for this reason it is considered the coolest lake in Lombardy. With its dominating colours that range from the dark green of the forests to the blue-green teal of the lake, you are immersed in an unspoilt environment, ideal for those wanting to get away from the cities.
Due to its geographically strategic position, with the regions of Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige just a short distance away and it all. The natural pebble beaches are easily accessible; the Vesta beach (Idro) is especially beautiful and scenic, a paradise of tranquillity with views of the fortress ‘Rocca d’Anfo’ in all its majesty. The beaches of Crone and Lemprato (Idro), Anfo, Ponte Caffaro and Baitoni (hamlet in the Trentino municipality of Bondone) should also be enjoyed. In addition to enjoying a traditional coast side holiday, here you can practice various water sports as well as inland activities: sailing, windsurfing, cycling, trekking and climbing. A tour around the lake by boat is also a highlight. The territory is full of trails and walks, as well as churches such as Santa Maria in Undas and San Michele in Idro, San Antonio in Anfo and San Giacamo in Ponte Caffaro. One of the most important Venetian and Napoleonic fortresses in history guards the lake: the fortress ‘Rocca d’Anfo’, a must for any visitor to Valle Sabbia.
Bike is the best way to explore the lake area. Starting from the small hamlet of Lemprato (Idro), we cross a cycle path, exploring the flora and fauna of the lake until arriving in the beautiful hamlet of Crone. From the car park we head north, along the lakeside and, after crossing the large wooden bridge, we continue over the gangway. On clear days we can see the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites and ‘Rocca d’Anfo’ in the distance. After less than a kilometre we arrive in Crone, where, after the main road, we find the ancient historical centre. The Church of San Rocco with eighteenth century origins is of particular interest (only viewable from the outside). On the wall of the building there is a painting depicting a boat with two fishermen. This boat, called a ‘Barchet’, was used in the past for fishing and travelling across the lake. Coming from the lake we move towards the entrance of the church, into a pedestrian area (where we can buy typical local products such as Bagòss cheese), we take the right (Via Medaglie d’oro) and continue straight on until we join the road Via San Michele. We must cross this road with care (there is no pedestrian crossing on this stretch), and walk a few hundred metres along the road and then the pavement, to reach the Church of San Michele. The building hosts valuable wooden works such as the magnificent ciborium. Once we have visited the church, we continue along Via San Michele. After 200 metres we turn right towards the large car park near the swimming pool. Continuing straight on towards the lake we will see that the car park joins the cycle path we took at the beginning of the route. Taking the left we carry on for a few hundred metres until we arrive back at the starting point.