As many in Trentino, the lake of Molveno has been exploited for hydroelectric aims too, which partially modified its aspect. The lake, originated by a landslide, marks the border between this group of mountains and the Group of the Paganella-Gazza mount.
On its bottom a whole wood has been found. It consists of a huge quantity of trunks, uprooted or broken, immersed in the mud, but there are some trees still rooted in the old ground of the wood. This wood allowed scientists to say exactly when the lake was formed, i.e. 3000 years ago.
The lake of Molveno, with its surface of 3,3 sqm is the second natural lake entirely in Trentino territory. The lake of Molveno is well-known also for its fish, and since 1600 it has been inhabited by the salmerino fish.
"Precious pearl in most precious treasure chest", as the writer and poet Antonio Fogazzaro, a frequent visitor of the town, called it. Its crystal clear waters and its beach have been awarded the title of "Most Beautiful Lake of Italy" for the 6th consecutive year, according to Legambiente and the Italian Touring Club. The town of Molveno is also awarded the TCI Orange Flag tourist quality label.
Size of Molveno lake
Width: 1.5 km
Length: 4.4 km
Maximum depth: 123 meters
Area: 3.27 km²