A stretch of water surrounded by ancient villages
Sat 368 metres above sea level, Lake Idro is a stretch of water of glacial origin in the province of Brescia, bordering Trentino. It is surrounded by wooded mountains, at the foot of which are small, traditional and very welcoming villages. It is formed by the waters of the Chiese river, which is also its emissary, and covers an area of almost 11 kilometres, with a depth of 122 metres.
You can swim throughout the entire lake and it is perfect for water sports like windsurfing and sailing. The natural pebble beaches are all easily accessible. The lake is populated by pike, perch, eel and bleak, while species of aquatic and migratory birds, including grey herons and river nightingales, can be spotted on the banks.
Don’t miss “Castello antico” in Lemprato, where the remains of an ancient Rhaetian-Roman village have been found. Ponte Caffaro, a hamlet of Bagolino, is home to the Church of San Giacomo, while at Rocca d’Anfo, a 15th-century military fortress, you can admire the Batterie Veneziane e Napoleoniche, the ancient Venetian staircase with 600 granite steps.