A body of water in an ancient volcanic crater
Boasting a magical atmosphere in a breathtaking natural setting, Lake Nemi looks straight out of a fairy tale. Part of the Alban Hills volcanic complex, it was an ancient Roman holiday resort. Featuring a temple and nearby forest dedicated to the goddess Diana, it was of incredible historical importance, evidenced by countless archaeological finds.
According to legend, two Roman ships laden with treasure lie at the bottom of the lake. Today, we know the ships did exist. Commissioned by Roman Emperor Caligula to honour the goddesses Isis and Diana, they were destroyed by the Senate of Rome upon his death.
As well as admiring the small volcanic lake, you can explore the delightful surrounding area, starting with the village of Nemi, nicknamed the village of strawberries, where a strawberry festival is held every June. Don’t miss the Museum of the Roman Ships and the Temple of Diana, near the banks of the lake. Arriccia, 4.2 kilometres away, is the perfect place to taste porchetta (roast suckling pig). The entire area is rich in history, art and excellent cuisine.