Exploring Il Lago di San Domenico

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As part of our Italian Abruzzo Adventure we visited the stunning spot of Il Lago di San Domenico and I think it was probably my favourite place we visited whilst we were away. It was nice to see some proper sunshine after the thunderstorms and rain previously in Sulmona.

The drive to the lake took us about 45 minutes and it was a stunning drive. We drove across bridges and through tunnels underneath the mountains. As we got closer to the lake the roads became more windy and narrow and we were glad for the safety barriers lining the roads – just in case!

The Most Gorgeous Lake

We arrived at the lake which looked stunning in the midday sunshine. There was a large lay-by in which you could park in which we did and walked towards the shore of the lake where we could see some picnic benches waiting for us.

We took a seat on the picnic benches which are nicely nestled on the shore of the lake. There were a few other families and groups of people having their lunch and there was a group of what I assume were geese and some ducks which appeared very interested in our Italian ciabatta and meats! It was a lovely spot to eat lunch and admire the view.

After finishing our lunch and rapidly walking away from the following gaggle of birds we walked around the lake and got some even better views. We walked to viewing platform where we could take a few selfies. There was another couple there admitting the view and we took it in turns to take photos of each other – this was quite amusing as they didn’t speak much English and we didn’t speak whatever language they were communicating with either!

Lago di San Domenico is a lake situated in the Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo and is apparently a man-made lake. It was constructed for electricity supply but is now a wonderful place to relax and soak up the sun in the summertime. I can imagine if we had been there a few weeks before in August time the lake would have been full with sunbathers and swimmers.

A Hidden Grotto

After walking back around the lake we decided to explore further. On the way back we passed the Church which overlooks the lake. We ventured in and followed the sign entitled “Grotto di S.Domenico”. This led us to a small grotto / ave area at the back of the church. We found it a little creepy so quickly retreated and made our way back to the car.

Next we decided to carry on and drive to the next lake along – Il Lago di Scanno.

Hace you ever been here? Did you find the hidden grotto?

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  1. We love Italy spending our honeymoon there and have since been on road trips a couple of times with the boys. Such a beautiful place. We have not visited this lake though so will have to remember it for our next Italian adventure.

    1. Oh wow, what a lovely place to go to for your honeymoon! I agree it’s such a lovely country and there’s certainly more of it I’d like to see! Be sure to check it out if you go that way πŸ™‚

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