Lake Carezza is a “Rainbow lake” at the foot of the Latemar.
In western Dolomites, only six kilometres from Nova Levante, there is a small, emerald green mountain lake, in which the Catinaccio and Latemar are reflected: lake Carezza. Due to its impressing colours, in Ladin language it is called “Lec de Ergobando” (rainbow lake). But its colours are not the only reason…
According to legends, once upon a time there was a beautiful mermaid living in the lake, which wizard Masaré was in love with. In order to seduce her, the which Lanwerda advises him to dress up as jewel merchant and throw a rainbow from Catinaccio to Latemar. That is also what he did, but he forgot to dress up. That is why the mermaid detected him and forever disappeared in the lake. The wizard was angry and threw all the pieces of the rainbow as well as the jewels into the lake. That’s why it still features rainbow colours…
The lake is fed by subterraneous springs from the Latemar mountian chain and his water level is constantly changing. The highest level is achived in spring, the lowest level in October. In summer months the lake is fed by snow melt.
In winter the “Dolomite fairytale lake” is frozen and covered by snow, which is very impressing. If you would like to relax, enjoy a walk round the lake. Not far from Lago di Carezza, there is the Carezza Golf Club - a 9-hole golf course embedded in great scenery.
Altitude: 1,520 m asl
Surface: 12.25 hectares
Dimensions: about 300 m long, 130 m wide
Maximum depth: 22 m
Characteristics: variable water level
Water temperature in August: about 13° (otherwise 7° - 9°)
Category: Mountain lake