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Lago Di Tovel In Val Di Non – A Complete Guide

Lago Di Tovel is one of the most incredible places we’ve ever visited and completely took our breath away. Here’s all you need to know when visiting.

How To Get To Lago Di Tovel

Many hotels in the area of Val Di Non have bus transfers available.

However, we highly recommend renting a car. This way, you will arrive at the lake before anyone else and have it all to yourself.

Our trip to Lago Di Tovel was even more special because nobody else was there.

If you rent a car for your entire trip in Italy, you can pick the car up from the airport in which you land and drive from there into Trentino. Another option is of course a private taxi to the lake.

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 Tovel Entrance Fee

It s free to visit Lago Di Tovel.

You may have to pay for parking if you drive.

Lago Di Tovel Opening Times

Lago Di Tovel is open all day, every day.

The local roads can be closed during the winter months.

Best Time To Visit Lago Di Tovel

This is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year. However, if you like it less crowded try and avoid the school holidays.

During the autumn season, the changing colours of foliage around the lake are stunning. With some great opportunities for ‘arty’ photos that include reflections off the water.

Don’t forget your camera!

There are lots of lovely picnic spots for when the weather is nice.

There are toilets available at parking Lago and also half way around the lake.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

Lago Di Tovel History

Lago Di Tovel is a stunning lake, situated in the Brenta Dolomites in Trentino, Italy.

It sits at a height of 1178m metres, is 0.38 square km and is regarded as one of the best things to do in Val Di Non.

This miracle of nature was formed by a landslide, 1300 years ago.

The lake is in the depth of the enchanted forests with the stunning Brenta Dolomites as a backdrop, so you can only imagine how incredible it is.

We visited Lago Di Tovel in the autumn which is actually when the lake is at its prettiest. The orange and burgundy shades of trees against the emerald green lake really makes the perfect picture.

This lake first became famous for its bright red colour. However, it’s not red anymore!

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A tranquil moment.
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It felt like we had the whole lake to ourselves

Why Was Lago Di Tovel Red?

We were told when we visited that there used to be cows grazing around the lake, so the mix of their manure with the a certain algae would turn the whole thing bright red.

However, those animals were taken away and the lake has since retained its wonderful emerald green colour.

This fact kind of killed-off many other stories as to why this mysterious lake was a bright blood-red colour. However, it does seem that the old rumours continue to circulate!

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Big shaka’s to the Trentino lake.
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And big hugs too!

What To Expect At Lago Di Tovel

There’s a trail that leads all the way around the Lago Di Tovel where you can find many different beautiful angles and unusual, piercing colours.

It’s around a 45 minute walk in total and is one of the best lakes in Trentino for its scenery!

There are also many other hiking trails in the valley that leave from Lago Di Tovel. So if you’re in the mood to walk more, you have a few options to choose from.

If you don’t fancy walking, you can find a spot directly opposite the entrance at the naturally formed beach.

Alternatively, on a sunny day, you can pack-up a picnic, choose your spot, sit back and admire the incredible view of the Dolomites.

There are two famous hotels within the same grounds, which are located right next to the carpark by the entrance to the lake.

They both have restaurants where you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat once you’ve finished taking in the spectacular views at Lago Di Tovel.

One is more accessible than the other but they both have their very own prime spots at the lake front.

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Autumn really is a beautiful season to visit this lake!
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The natural beach at Lago Di Tovel
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Hanging out by the deep green waters
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We opted for the very famous Lago Di Tovel Hotel – Chalet Tovel for lunch

Where To Stay In Val Di Non


Pineta Hotels Nature Wellness Resort

With an indoor swimming pool and wellness centre, Pineta Hotels Nature Wellness Resort is an ideal place to relax.

Surrounded by greenery in Coredo, it is near lakes and mountains.

Accommodation at Pineta Hotels has wood furniture, satellite TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony, while chalets come with fully equipped kitchens.

Made up of 6 buildings, the Pineta Nature Wellness Resort offers a variety of sports and leisure activities.

These include 2 bowling greens, a children’s playground, and a multifunctional sports field.


Antica Residenza de Poda

Antica Residenza De Poda is set in the quiet village of Flavon, in the Val di Non.

It offers free parking and a buffet breakfast of local specialities.

As a guest at the De Poda Residenza you have discounts at the restaurant next door. Each morning at breakfast you can enjoy homemade bread and cakes, and a communal kitchen is available for guests’ use.

Once a noble residence, this family-run B&B is ideal for exploring the valley’s lakes and nature. Lago di Tovel is just 9.3 miles away.


Royal Hotel Paolino

Royal Hotel Paolino has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Cavareno.

This 3-star hotel offers ski storage space and a concierge service.

There is a terrace and guests can make use of free WiFi and free private parking.

At the hotel, rooms come with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The rooms have a wardrobe. Royal Hotel Paolino offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

For more places to stay in Val Di Non, you can check the latest prices on

Planning Your Trip

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Book Your Rental Car

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Trip sponsored by Visit Trentino

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Lago Di Tovel In Val Di Non Guide


Friday 20th of March 2020

one of the best lakes in italy :)

Charlie Pauly

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Agreed! 🙌🏼