Lago di Alviano (english version)
With its 900 hectares the Alviano lake is one of the widest WWF nature reserves and includes all the typical habitat of the fresh water wetlands: swamps, ponds, morass, water meadows, and a hygrophilous woodland , one of the largest in central Italy.
Flora and FaunaThe nature reserve is part of the larger Umbria regional park which also includes the Corbara lake and the Forello gorges. It comprises all the common freshwater habitats of wetlands: swamps, ponds, morass, water meadows, hygrophilous woodland, among the largest in the Appennines. Part of the reserve includes farming fields.
The hygrophilous woodland includes such species as black alders, poplars, and 30 year-old willows with proliferating ivies. The water vegetation is rich and varied with large blankets of Potamogetons, najas and Ceratophyllums.
Alviano is most famous for its rich bird diversity: species include mallards, Eurasian teals, northern shovelers, wigeons, great cormorants, herons, Eurasian bitterns, little bitterns, Western marsh-harriers, ospreys, glossy ibises and spoonbills. There are also many species of passerine, particularly Eurasian siskins and thrushes the mammal population comprises. the crested porcupine, the red fox, the wild boar and recently the European ground squirrel.
Visiting the Nature ReserveThe circular nature trail is easily accessible (not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs).
There are two Nature Paths: the first one is circular, about 1500 meters long, and easily accessible (ideal for school groups). Several observation huts are located along the trail giving visitors the opportunity to observe the bird populations. Binoculars may b hired. An open-air classroom and observation tower are situated along the trail. A second trail runs along the river and swamps, ideal for the more enthusiastic observer and nature photographers. A pic-nic area at the entrance is available for visitors.
conctat information and opening times
Closed on December 25th, 26th and January 1st and 6th.
For groups and school groups the nature reserve is open every day through advance booking.
Special conditions may apply to nature photographers, please contact the reserve for details.
Phone: 0744/903715 or 333/7576283
From Florence: take the A1 motorway, exit at Orvieto then follow the directions for the nature reserve or for Alviano until Madonna di Porto to the main entrance.
Places to visit
- Civita di Bagnoregio (at 12 km);
- Todi (at 32 km);
- Amelia (at 10 km);
- Corbara Lake and the Forello gorge (at 13 and 15 km);
- Soldier of Fortune Museum (Alviano);
- Antiquarium (Baschi);
- Dunarobba Fossil Forest;
- Etrurian Necropolis (Montecchio).
Overnight stays and restaurants
- Orvieto offers the widest opportunities;
- Vissani's Restaurant is near the Lake of Corbara, for who can afford it;
- To sleep near the Natural Reserve there is a small hotel with eating house at Alviano Scalo (Telamoni +39 0744/904103);
- At Alviano, there is the Sporting Village hotel (+39 0744904621) and next to the Natural Reserve there is the “I gelsi” eating house (+39 0744906085).