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Area: 9,995 km²
Population: 600,000
Density: 59/km²
Capital: Potenza

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Lake Laudemio
Lake Laudemio - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
Lake Laudemio lies at 1525 metres above sea level on the slopes of Monte Papa, one of the highest peaks of the Southern Apennines, and part of the Sirino Massif. Located in the southern Italian region of Basilicata it was once known as Lago Remmo and is the southernmost lake of glacial origin in Europe.

Covering an area of 25 hectares, Lago Laudemio is fed by the waters descending the slopes of the Sirino Massif, which is covered in snow for around five months of the year.

During the quaternary period, which began 2.6 million years ago, the ice-age resulted in this area being covered in glaciers, the largest of which formed Lake Laudemio.

Due to the geological age of this southern Italian mountain landscape, it has become a protected area, along with the Lago Laudemio nature reserve. It is believed that the first human settlements in Basilicata were formed here and many fossils have been found, including mammoths, bears, hyenas, rhinos and giant lizards. Because of its age, the surface of Lake Laudemio is covered in algae and grasses. These die down in the winter months and the water is clear, but in summer they cover the surface and make the lake look green, giving it the nickname 'Emerald Lake'.

Lake Laudemio, lago laudemio
Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
The banks of the lake are heavily wooded with very tall, gnarled, ancient beech and alder trees. Within the woods there is an abundance of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

There are many beautiful wild flowers growing in this unspoilt, natural area and in spring the floor is carpeted with delicate crocuses. There are two plants that grow only in this area, Vicia sinnicae (a species of vetch) and the Astragalus sirinicus.

Lake Laudemio, lago laudemio
Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
Wolves and salamander still live here and trout can be found in the lake.
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Basilicata Information
Location of Basilicata
Area: 9,995 km²
Population: 600,000
Density: 59/km²
Capital: Potenza

Find a hotel in Basilicata
Provinces
Comunes
  • Matera
    • Accettura
      Aliano
      Bernalda
      Calciano
      Cirigliano
      Colobraro
      Craco
      Ferrandina
      Garaguso
      Gorgoglione
      Grassano
      Grottole
      Irsina
      Matera
      Miglionico
      Montalbano Jonico
      Montescaglioso
      Nova Siri
      Oliveto Lucano
      Pisticci
      Policoro
      Pomarico
      Rotondella
      Salandra
      San Giorgio Lucano
      San Mauro Forte
      Scanzano Jonico
      Stigliano
      Tricarico
      Tursi
      Valsinni

  • Potenza
    • Abriola
      Acerenza
      Albano di Lucania
      Anzi
      Armento
      Atella
      Avigliano
      Balvano
      Banzi
      Baragiano
      Barile
      Bella
      Brienza
      Brindisi Montagna
      Calvello
      Calvera
      Campomaggiore
      Cancellara
      Carbone
      Castelgrande
      Castelluccio Inferiore
      Castelluccio Superiore
      Castelmezzano
      Castelsaraceno
      Castronuovo di Sant'Andrea
      Cersosimo
      Chiaromonte
      Corleto Perticara
      Episcopia
      Fardella
      Filiano
      Forenza
      Francavilla in Sinni
      Gallicchio
      Genzano di Lucania
      Ginestra
      Grumento Nova
      Guardia Perticara
      Lagonegro
      Latronico
      Laurenzana
      Lauria
      Lavello
      Maratea
      Marsico Nuovo
      Marsicovetere
      Maschito
      Melfi
      Missanello
      Moliterno
      Montemilone
      Montemurro
      Muro Lucano
      Nemoli
      Noepoli
      Oppido Lucano
      Palazzo San Gervasio
      Paterno
      Pescopagano
      Picerno
      Pietragalla
      Pietrapertosa
      Pignola
      Potenza
      Rapolla
      Rapone
      Rionero in Vulture
      Ripacandida
      Rivello
      Roccanova
      Rotonda
      Ruoti
      Ruvo del Monte
      San Chirico Nuovo
      San Chirico Raparo
      San Costantino Albanese
      San Fele
      San Martino d'Agri
      San Paolo Albanese
      San Severino Lucano
      Sant'Angelo Le Fratte
      Sant'Arcangelo
      Sarconi
      Sasso di Castalda
      Satriano di Lucania
      Savoia di Lucania
      Senise
      Spinoso
      Teana
      Terranova di Pollino
      Tito
      Tolve
      Tramutola
      Trecchina
      Trivigno
      Vaglio Basilicata
      Venosa
      Vietri di Potenza
      Viggianello
      Viggiano

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Basilicata National Parks
The Pollino National Park
National Park Val D’Agri Lagonegrese
The Gallipoli Cognato Park
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