The Lake of Campotosto is the biggest man-made lake in Abruzzo. It is 1313 metres above sea level. Its floodplain, of glacial origin, was filled in ’30s-’40s, after barring the Fucino river by three dikes in order to produce electricity. In the aftermath, the main economical source of Campotosto, or the use of the today-submerged-by-the-lake peat banks, came to an end.
It is possible to get to the Lake of Campotosto by the SS. 80 from L‘Aquila or driving along the Vomano river valley from the coast. The lake banks and surroundings are perfect for hikes.