It’s not hard to see why Lago Di Molveno is voted one of the best lakes in Italy. So with plenty of activities to choose from, here’s all the visiting info.
Lago Di Molveno, or Lake Molveno, is situated at the feet of the Brenta Dolomites.
Just a 5 minute drive from Andalo, or 15 minute drive from Fai Della Paganella, the lake itself is accessible from anywhere in Molveno town.
The best options in terms of public transport are hotel transfers, buses or taxis.
We recommend renting a car for your entire Italy trip. That way you can pick up the car from the airport and explore the region at ease. Plus there are plenty of car parks available within Molveno.
If you’re in a large group, or would simply like an English speaking guide, then we highly recommend booking with Brenta Walk.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Lago Di Molveno Entrance Fee
It is free to visit the lake and then prices vary for the different activities available.
Lago Di Molveno Opening Times
Open all day, every day.
Activities On Offer At Lago Di Molveno
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Pedal Boat Rides
- Pump Track Molveno
- Crazy Golf
Best Time To Visit Lago Di Molveno + Tips
For the best weather, between the months of April and September is when the temperatures are usually perfect to enjoy everything on offer here.
With so much to do here it can get pretty busy, especially during the school holidays. Therefore, if you prefer it a little less crowded, as well as a little less expensive, then avoid these times.
Arrive early if you need to park as parking spaces get filled up very quickly, especially during peak season.
A great place for a family day out with something on offer for all ages.
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History of Lago Di Molveno
Lago Di Molveno marks the boundary between the group of the Brenta Dolomites.
In 1952, Lago Di Molveno was drained to allow for some work to be carried out for a local power plant. At this time a petrified forest was discovered that would have been submerged at the time of the lake’s formation.
Tests carried out on samples of this, by the laboratory of nuclear geology at the University of Pisa, established that this lake dates back approximately 3000 years to the Iron Age.
Spanning 4.5 km in length and 1.5 km in width, Lago Di Molveno is the largest alpine lake located above an altitude of 800m.
The lake is hugely popular in summer, amongst both locals and tourists, due to its incredible blue colours and lengthy beaches.
Another reason is that the water is perfect for bathing, as the temperature during the summer season ranges from 14°C to 21°C.
Plenty of activities are available both on and off the lake.
Those on the lake range from stand up paddle boarding, to canoeing and electric boat rides.
Then you have the surrounding areas which include a crazy golf course, pump track and the extremely popular Acquapark.
If you’re not looking to spend too much money on your trip, you can also relax on the beach, go swimming or walk the perimeter of the lake.
Walking around the outskirts of Lago Di Molveno will take roughly two and a half hours. However, it’s definitely worth the effort to witness the backdrop of the Dolomites from so many different angles!
We visited Lago Di Molveno a couple of times during our trip to Paganella, and both were equally as refreshing. Just don’t forget to grab a traditional Italian pizza at Pizzico before you leave!
Where To Stay In Paganella
Luxury – Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel
Solea Boutique & Spa Hotel is located in Fai della Paganella in Adamello Brenta Natural Park.
The hotel has one of the best wellness centres in Paganella.
It also has a traditional restaurant and free WiFi.
The bedrooms feature many luxuries, such as a balcony, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a stylish courtesy set.
Mid-Budget – Rifugio La Montanara
Rifugio La Montanara is immersed in the mountains and set 0.6 miles from Lake Molveno.
It offers guests an Italian-style breakfast and rustic accommodation with a fireplace.
Each room is complete with a wardrobe and hardwood floors.
Also, most rooms feature an incredible mountain view balcony.
Budget – Montanara Chalet
Montanara Chalet in Fai della Paganella offers accommodation, a garden, barbecue facilities and a terrace.
Each unit comes with a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom.
A ski equipment rental service, ski-to-door access and a ski pass sales point are all offered at the apartment too.
For more places to stay in Paganella, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.