Lake Laudemio, lago laudemio
Lake Laudemio, lago laudemio
Lake Laudemio

Lake Laudemio, lago laudemio

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Lake Laudemio lies at 1525 metres above sea level on the slopes of Monte Papa, one of the highest peaks of the Southern Apennines, and part of the Sirino Massif. Located in the southern Italian region of Basilicata it was once known as Lago Remmo and is the southernmost lake of glacial origin in Europe.

Covering an area of 25 hectares, Lago Laudemio is fed by the waters descending the slopes of the Sirino Massif, which is covered in snow for around five months of the year.

During the quaternary period, which began 2.6 million years ago, the ice-age resulted in this area being covered in glaciers, the largest of which formed Lake Laudemio.

Due to the geological age of this southern Italian mountain landscape, it has become a protected area, along with the Lago Laudemio nature reserve. It is believed that the first human settlements in Basilicata were formed here and many fossils have been found, including mammoths, bears, hyenas, rhinos and giant lizards. Because of its age, the surface of Lake Laudemio is covered in algae and grasses. These die down in the winter months and the water is clear, but in summer they cover the surface and make the lake look green, giving it the nickname 'Emerald Lake'.

Lake Laudemio, lago laudemio
Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
The banks of the lake are heavily wooded with very tall, gnarled, ancient beech and alder trees. Within the woods there is an abundance of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

There are many beautiful wild flowers growing in this unspoilt, natural area and in spring the floor is carpeted with delicate crocuses. There are two plants that grow only in this area, Vicia sinnicae (a species of vetch) and the Astragalus sirinicus.

Lake Laudemio, lago laudemio
Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
Wolves and salamander still live here and trout can be found in the lake.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 9,995 km²
      Population: 600,000
      Density: 59/km²
      Capital: Potenza

      National Parks:
      The Pollino National Park

Location of Basilicata
Provinces of Basilicata
  • Comunes of Basilicata
    • Matera (MT)
      • Accettura
        Aliano
        Bernalda
        Calciano
        Cirigliano
        Colobraro
        Craco
        Ferrandina
        Garaguso
        Gorgoglione
        Grassano
        Grottole
        Irsina
        Matera
        Miglionico
        Montalbano Jonico
        Montescaglioso
        Nova Siri
        Oliveto Lucano
        Pisticci
        Policoro
        Pomarico
        Rotondella
        Salandra
        San Giorgio Lucano
        San Mauro Forte
        Scanzano Jonico
        Stigliano
        Tricarico
        Tursi
        Valsinni

    • Potenza (PZ)
      • Abriola
        Acerenza
        Albano di Lucania
        Anzi
        Armento
        Atella
        Avigliano
        Balvano
        Banzi
        Baragiano
        Barile
        Bella
        Brienza
        Brindisi Montagna
        Calvello
        Calvera
        Campomaggiore
        Cancellara
        Carbone
        Castelgrande
        Castelluccio Inferiore
        Castelluccio Superiore
        Castelmezzano
        Castelsaraceno
        Castronuovo di Sant’Andrea
        Cersosimo
        Chiaromonte
        Corleto Perticara
        Episcopia
        Fardella
        Filiano
        Forenza
        Francavilla in Sinni
        Gallicchio
        Genzano di Lucania
        Ginestra
        Grumento Nova
        Guardia Perticara
        Lagonegro
        Latronico
        Laurenzana
        Lauria
        Lavello
        Maratea
        Marsico Nuovo
        Marsicovetere
        Maschito
        Melfi
        Missanello
        Moliterno
        Montemilone
        Montemurro
        Muro Lucano
        Nemoli
        Noepoli
        Oppido Lucano
        Palazzo San Gervasio
        Paterno
        Pescopagano
        Picerno
        Pietragalla
        Pietrapertosa
        Pignola
        Potenza
        Rapolla
        Rapone
        Rionero in Vulture
        Ripacandida
        Rivello
        Roccanova
        Rotonda
        Ruoti
        Ruvo del Monte
        San Chirico Nuovo
        San Chirico Raparo
        San Costantino Albanese
        San Fele
        San Martino d’Agri
        San Paolo Albanese
        San Severino Lucano
        Sant’Angelo Le Fratte
        Sant’Arcangelo
        Sarconi
        Sasso di Castalda
        Satriano di Lucania
        Savoia di Lucania
        Senise
        Spinoso
        Teana
        Terranova di Pollino
        Tito
        Tolve
        Tramutola
        Trecchina
        Trivigno
        Vaglio Basilicata
        Venosa
        Vietri di Potenza
        Viggianello
        Viggiano
Airports in Basilicata
Hotels in Basilicata
BASILICATAWEATHER
Basilicata Climate (Potenza)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 6 1 - 63
Feb 7 1 - 54
Mar 9 2 - 53
Apr 13 5 - 60
May 18 9 - 46
Jun 22 13 - 42
Jul 25 15 - 29
Aug 25 15 - 36
Sep 21 13 - 45
Oct 16 9 - 70
Nov 11 5 - 80
Dec 8 2 - 74
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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