In the Western Dolomites there is a small lake, in which Mt Catinaccio and the Latemar Group are reflected: Lake Carezza.
In upper Val d’Ega, only 6 km from Nova Levante, there is an emerald green mountain lake. Due to its impressive colours, in Ladin language it is called “Lec de Ergobando” (Rainbow Lake). But its colours are not the only reason for this special name…
According to legends, once upon a time there was a mermaid living in the lake, which wizard Masaré was in love with. In order to seduce her, the witch Lanwerda advised him to dress up as jewel merchant and throw a rainbow from Mt Catinaccio to Mt Latemar. That is what he did, but he forgot to dress up. So the beautiful mermaid detected him and forever disappeared in Lake Carezza. The wizard was angry and threw all the pieces of the rainbow as well as the jewels into the waters. That’s why it still features rainbow colours.
Lake Carezza is fed by subterraneous springs from the Latemar Group 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. If you would like to relax, enjoy a walk round the lake. Not far from Lake Carezza, there is the Golf Club Carezza - a 9-hole golf course embedded in great scenery. In winter, however, the “Fairytale Dolomite lake” is frozen and covered by snow, which is very impressing.
Altitude: 1,520 m asl
Surface: 12.25 hectares
Depth: max. 22 m
Category: mountain lake