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Fusaro Lake: a birdwatching paradise

Lake Fusaro is a natural reserve, protected for its biodiversity and beauty. The flora that surrounds it is rich in aquatic plants, reeds and trees which create an ideal habitat for numerous animal species. You can take a walk along the paths that run along the lake, immersing yourself in uncontaminated nature and observing its biological richness up close.

The lake is a true paradise for bird lovers and birdwatchers. Thanks to its strategic position along the migratory routes, it attracts a large variety of bird species, making it a true ornithological sanctuary. You will be able to spot herons, cormorants, coots and many other species that populate its shores and islands.

The lake offers numerous opportunities for recreational and sporting activities. You can rent kayaks or pedal boats to explore the lake’s waters in a fun and relaxing way. If you love fishing, you can find strategic spots to cast your line and try your luck at catching local fish. Furthermore, along its banks, there are picnic areas where you can enjoy a lunch surrounded by nature.

It is also possible to visit the suggestive Casina Vanvitelliana. This unique structure, also known as “Casina Fusaro”, is an architectural jewel that stands on an artificial island in the middle of the lake.

History and myth of Lake Fusaro

During Roman times, Lake Fusaro was known as “Acherusia Palus” or “Acherusia Swamp”. According to Greek mythology, the Acheron river was one of the rivers of the underworld, the kingdom of the dead. The area around the lake was considered a place of great mythological importance, as it was believed to be the gateway to the underworld. This gave the lake an aura of mystery and fascination that persists today.

During the medieval period, the lake became an important fishing and trading centre. Its waters were rich in fish and shellfish, which constituted a vital resource for the local population. Fishermen settled along its banks, building houses and villages.

In the Bourbon period, Lake Fusaro became a destination for the aristocracy and nobility. Numerous villas and residences were built along its banks, transforming it into a popular holiday resort.

In recent decades, the lake has received particular attention for its natural beauty and ecological value. The Regional Nature Reserve was established in 2002, with the aim of preserving the lake’s ecosystem and promoting its tourism enhancement.