Lake Martignano: how to get there, villages and things to see

Not far from Rome, but sheltered from its chaos, along the state roads that cut through the countryside and forests is the small and enchanting Lake Martignano.

In a setting of great influence on the landscape, this magnificent body of water of volcanic origin offers the possibility of regenerating day trips in an almost hidden magical place, immersed in nature, surrounded by medieval villages and castles and protected in nature reserves, with equipped beaches and the possibility of practicing water sports, as a perfect point of synthesis of nature, sports and history.

Lake Martignano

Lake Martignano

Lake Martignano covers an area of ​​244 hectares, is 60 meters at its deepest point and is located at an altitude of 305 meters above sea level, its small size gives it an intimate and romantic charm.

Hidden in its protected area Bracciano-Martignano Natural Parkthis little gem is completely immersed in nature without any residential center or accessible road near its shores, so much so that there is a shuttle service available to get there.

This has kept it pristine and protected with full respect for its natural environment which today offers emotions and great tranquility to those who visit it.

Its clear waters are suitable for swimming and on the coast you can choose whether to use the services of the equipped beaches or stop in the free spaces between trees and greenery.

Lake Martignano
Lake Martignano

Located between the Baccano Valley and Lake Bracciano, between the municipalities of Campagnano Di Roma and Anguillara Sabazia, Lake Martignano is an out-of-town travel destination for Romans and offers summer swimming and hiking, horse riding. or cycling in other seasons.

In December, the trail of the two lakes takes place, a spectacular cross-country race that completely surrounds it, starting from Anguillara.

No residential center and no road overlooks its banks, except for a few rare rural houses and farmhouses that serve as a base for bathing in its clear waters, where no motorized boats or debris of any kind are allowed.

This makes Lake Martignano ideal for a refreshing summer swim, taking advantage of the various swimming facilities equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas or the free beaches on the beach, where you can spread out a towel and relax in the shade of a tree.

Sports enthusiasts can rent sports equipment such as canoes, small sailboats and classic pedal boats. There are also designated picnic areas around the lake, providing the perfect setting for a leisurely meal in nature.

Inside the Park it is also possible to visit necropolises and other Etruscan historical sites. The area around the lake has a rich history, dating back to the time of the Etruscan civilization, and the Veio Regional Park also contains important archaeological sites, including the Etruscan city of Veio, which you can explore in conjunction with a visit to the lake.

How to get


Lake Martignano is about 30 kilometers north of Rome and is easily accessible by car. Just take Via Cassia bis to Anguillara, take the exit for Cesano, then follow the signs for the lake.

The last route to travel is a dirt road that leads to the paid parking lot where you can leave your car and walk about 400 meters to the beach or use the shuttle.

There is also a rest area reserved for all travelers traveling by motorhome.

Excursions and hiking

Lake Martignano
Lake Martignano

The area around Lake Martignano offers numerous walking and hiking trails ideal for immersing yourself in its outstanding natural beauty Veios Regional Park.

For a peaceful stroll you can walk along the perimeter of the lake to the shore and its beaches to fully appreciate the spectacular setting of unspoiled nature.

For something more challenging you can choose a route of medium difficulty that starts from Monte Chiodo and crosses a pine forest on a narrow and sometimes steep path, also ideal for those who decide to tackle it by mountain bike.

This path leads to its mouthAlsietino Aqueductbuilt by the emperor Augustus, a project that from Lake Martignano, along a route of 33 kilometers, reached the city of Rome, then reaching the beach of Martignano thus completing a circular route.

The green area of ​​the Martignano Lake Natural Park, in the area between Lake Bracciano and Lake Martignano, is connected by a circular route of about ten kilometers that starts from Porta del Parco, the former slaughterhouse of Anguillara Sabazia, runs along dirt roads, crosses the plain San Biagio between blackberry bushes and pastures dotted with fountains to the Martignano crater overlooking Lake Bracciano and its villages (Anguillara Sabazia, Bracciano, Manziana).

Here it is also possible to set out to discover the environment on routes between the various shores of the lake, with horse-drawn tours offered by the many stables and equestrian centers in the area.

Bird watching

Lake Martignano
Lake Martignano

The lake and its surroundings are home to a variety of bird species, making it an excellent location for bird watchers.

Among the species that choose this wonderful place to nest, you can distinguish: the kingfisher, the gray heron, the mallard, the grebe and the famous kingfisher. The lake is also frequented by nocturnal and diurnal birds of prey, such as the buzzard, the kite and the hawk.

Here you can also go to the bird of prey repopulation center where environmental education and bird training meetings are held periodically.

The submerged petrified forest

The blue and green waters of the small Lake Martignano also hide an unusual secret beneath their calm surface: about eight meters deep there are partially petrified tree trunks, some still in a vertical position.

These are very ancient trees dating back to the Roman Imperial era.

The villages on Lake Martignano

Villages on Lake Martignano
Villages on Lake Martignano

On the outskirts of Lake Martignano there are many historic villages that keep their medieval atmosphere intact, with defensive fortresses, cobbled streets and monumental entrance doors to the historic center.

Among them, the most important villages of the region should be mentioned such as Bracciano, Anguillara Sabazia, Trevignano Romano, Calcata, Mazzano Romano, Campagnano, Sutri, Caprarola, Nepi.

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