Lake Carezza, also referred to as the “rainbow lake” is situated in South Tyrol in the northeast of Italy. This amazing pearl of a lake is a must see for anyone visiting the dazzling Dolomites.
According to legend, the curious colours of Carezza find their origins in the shattering of a rainbow by a love-struck sorcerer who failed to trap the water nymph of his dreams.
Fed by underground springs and snow melt during the summer, Carezza’s water levels vary throughout the year. Much of its outer basin is made of a permeable rock allowing for percolation. Its deepest point is made of an impermeable rock. Her highest water levels are achieved in spring, while the lowest are reached in October.
Plan Your Day At Carezza…
Carezza sits in a dip to the side of the meandering SS241, and can be easily reached from practically anywhere in the Dolomites. Only a half an hour drive from both Bolzano and Campitello, and with nearby parking, this is one gem you simply don’t want to miss!
How long you spend at the lake is entirely up to you. However there is an allocated footpath circling its perimeters which shouldn’t take more than half an hour to walk.
Still hungry for more? A further half an hour drive towards Bolzano will land you at the impressive Earth pyramids of Ritten. A great spot to sit back and admire the wonders of nature. Hikes around Ritten are generally restricted to main roads. Although the pyramids can only be seen from a distance, Ritten’s panoramic scenery and local cafe’s make for a great place for a spot of lunch.