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Explore the fascinating and beautiful Lake Albano by kayak. Start with a ground paddling lesson, followed by a guided tour.
Explore Lake Albano by kayak
Explore the fascinating and beautiful Lake Albano by kayak, followed by a food and wine tour to satiate your appetite! Enjoy all the best of Castel Gandolfo on this fun and delicious adventure.
The kayak tour begins with a ground lesson on paddling technique led by our guides, who are also kayak instructors. Once on the water, you are immersed in the deep peace of the lake. Lake Albano is a unique expression of flora and fauna just a few minutes from Rome.
The guide tells you the history of the lake of Castel Gandolfo and shows you some unique historical spots, such as the submerged stilt houses of the Village of the Mills, the villa of the Emperor Domitian, the areas where the naval battles (naumachia) took place, and the trampoline of the popes, where the old popes loved to dive down from their summer residence located in the village above the lake.
During the hottest months, from March to late October, we dock at a secluded beach for a relaxing break and a refreshing swim in the pristine waters of the lake.
After the kayaking adventure, we head out to taste the wonderful food and wine that this region is known for. Don’t miss this exciting and delectable Castel Gandolfo experience!
The first human settlement on the shores of Lake Albano was a pile-dwelling village discovered in 1984 thanks to the recent lowering of the waters on the north shore of the lake. Known as ‘Villaggio delle Macine,’ due to stone millstones found there, its dating fluctuates from the XX-XIX centuries BC up to the middle Bronze Age (XVII-XVI century BC). Around 395 BC, at the time of the fights of Rome against Veii, an exhaust tunnel was built through the walls of the crater, which served as an outlet if the level of the lake had passed the entrance. This work of hydraulic engineering is particularly interesting for the times.
During and after the era of the ancient Romans, naumachie (naval battles) took place on the lake, so the bottom of the lake is full of interesting finds.
We can take a maximum of 14 guests to the Anagnina underground station (same metro line from Termini Central)