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Lago Di Molveno In Paganella – A Complete Guide

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.

How To Get To Lago Di Molveno

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 Lago Di Molveno.

Prices vary for the different activities on offer.

Lago Di Molveno Opening Times

Lago Di Molveno is open all day, every day.

Opening hours vary throughout the year for the activities.

Things To Do At Lago Di Molveno

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Pedal Boat Rides
  • Acquapark
  • Pump Track Molveno
  • Fishing
  • Mini Golf
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Charlie happy with his boat ride around Lago Di Molveno

Best Time To Visit Lago Di Molveno

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.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel


Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

Lago Di Molveno History

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.

What To Expect At Lago Di Molveno

Certainly one of the most popular things to do in Paganella, and arguably one of the most beautiful lakes in Trentino!

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 mini 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!

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The entrance view to the lake
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The beautiful beach with mountain backdrops
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Don’t try this at home!
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You have to swim in the fresh blue waters
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Lauren taking the passenger seat around the lake by boat
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An awesome day out had by all
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Touristy photo at the Molveno sign
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Someone’s clearly happy with the pizza!

Where To Stay In Paganella


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.


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.


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

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