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Karersee or Lake Carezza

The Karersee (Italian: Lago di Carezza) is located in South Tyrol (Italy) and is considered one of the most beautiful of the many Alpine lakes.
The lake lies in the western Dolomites, about 25 kilometres from Bolzano at an altitude of 1,520 metres in the municipality of Nova Levante. It is not particularly large: approximately 300 m long and 130 m wide. The lake is fed by subterranean springs from the Latemar massif. The depth and size of the lake varies from season to season and depends on the weather, and at its deepest the lake is 22 m deep. In winter it is often visited by divers, who like to carry out their dives under a thick ice sheet and capture the underwater play of colours in documentary films. The little mountain lake is famous in particular for the smooth, deep green of its water and the beautiful backdrop of the mountains with the Catinaccio and Latemar mountains in the background. The lake is associated with many South Tyrolean legends and many writers and painters have chosen the lake as the motif for their paintings and tales.

The lake can be reached on the State road 241 (Val d'Ega State road, also known as the Dolomites State road). The road to the Passo di Costalunga, which runs in close proximity to the lake, is especially busy in summer and during the day causes a certain amount of disturbance. The lake is fenced and it is forbidden to walk on its banks. The lake is at its most beautiful in the evening or early morning, when the streams of tourists have not yet monopolised the nearby car park and the Catinaccio and Latemar mountains are reflected with the green of the Carezza forest in the crystal-clear water.
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