A Walk Around a Lake for Jo


(I’m sorry the music has a 40 sec delay)

This Monday I am taking you for a walk around Lago di Piano in northern Italy, close to the border with Switzerland.

It all started the night before when I was standing high above Lugano Lake on mountain Sighignola on a spot called Balcone d’Italia. I did not conform to visiting just Lugano Lake and the town, but was determined to explore some smaller lakes near by. The view lead me to Lago di Piano, a small jewel of a lake that was proclaimed a Nature Reserve. The plan was made to visit it the following day some time before sunset. Here is what I saw:



Β As every Monday Jo is taking us for a walk; today it is a fun and picturesque walk beside River Wisla in Poland. Please visit her blog and see what her readers are offering this Monday.


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51 Comments on “A Walk Around a Lake for Jo

  1. What a beautiful way to start a day, Paula! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ The first and last photos are my favourites. Hope your Monday ends well.


    • Mine too :). Thank you so very much for coming here before your walk to have a detailed tour. Have a fun and happy walk πŸ™‚


  2. Oh dear Paula, what a great walk around the Lake!! Thanks for taking us all along, this is a most refreshing start for a Monday morning. πŸ™‚
    KLEM, Dina


    • Hello Dina πŸ™‚ Are you having an easier week or working? It is always a pleasure to have you πŸ™‚ Stor klem xx


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  4. I forgot to listen to the music, so I came back. πŸ™‚ It gives me goosepimples!!! Great guitar, Paula, lovely rrrrrrhythm – what is this?
    Klem to you, Dina xo


    • Hi again πŸ™‚ I am so happy that you gave this post due attention πŸ˜€ The music is by someone named Aldo who (from Philadelphia I believe). He plays the Spanish guitar – all his pieces are relaxing.


    • The place is pretty peaceful – it is nice to take a virtual stroll now and again πŸ˜‰ Thank you very much for your nice visit Amresh.


  5. Paula, these are amazing photos. You’ve captured light in many different guises. Going off the beaten track always pays dividends.

    (I’m writing this comment in Zagreb, before I head off to the Botanical Gardens. This morning was two markets and a number of churches, a thunderstorm and soup. I like your city. Unhappily I leave tomorrow after only one day here.)


    • Hi M. Nice to hear from you. I was thinking of Botanical garden today too. Make sure to take an umbrella with you πŸ™‚ Where did you have the soup? What was it? πŸ™‚


      • I had potato soup on a hefty ham base at a restaurant just opposite the cathedral – you pass a couple of spiral trees in pots as you go into a courtyard my photo helpfully has the word restaurant! Botanical gardens didn’t happen – closed on Monday. I return to Zagreb overnight on Sunday and have a morning begging before I travel on to Budapest – Monday again! No naive art, or craft museum either. At Plitvička writing this.


  6. I saw the images first in the reader and thought…that looks kind of like Lake Como and then I clicked on your post and read that it’s not far away! Beautiful images!! I love it up there so much.


    • Yes, it is very close. Actually I stayed just above Lake Como while I was in the region. That made it possible for me to drive the entire length of the lake and to visit most of the places πŸ™‚ Thank you for your comment Laura


  7. It’s like an oasis.

    I’ve googled this place and found the the English Wikipedia has next to nothing on this place but the Italian version has plenty. Here it is translated:

    “The Lake Plan ( the Plan or lake or lake Romazza ) is a small lake located in the Val Menaggio. It has an area of 0.72 km2 and a maximum depth of 13 meters and occupies the valley behind the town of Porlezza (CO). During the winter it is covered with ice.

    View of Menaggio , Val Menaggio and the lake floor (bottom) . ‘s An ideal extension of Lake Lugano and Lake Lugano as a separate appendix of the same but , over the millennia , the river flooded Cuccio who have created a wide coverage area , now the only major tributary is the river that comes from mountain Civagno Tremezzo .

    The lake floor is a typical lake of glacial valley floor , currently being used in a large nature reserve called Wilderness Lake Piano and recognized as a site of Community importance by the European Union .

    On the small promontory that plugs into the mirror of the lake is to report the medieval village of Castel San Pietro , an example of village surrounded by walls and built , like many other towns in the area , on the remains of an ancient site of observation and reporting period Roman . In fact, there stood a tower of light signals was probably exposed to the homologous tower of Carlisle which was in turn connected visually with the tower of the town towers , upstream in the direction of San Bartolomeo Val Cavargna.

    Among the species , peculiar is the presence of the crayfish Austropotamobius italicus .

    On the shores of the lake there are numerous campsites that , in summer, are frequented by tourists mainly Dutch and German .

    During the winter, the lake of the Plan has the feature to freeze for a period between December and early February due to the shadow cast by Mount Galbiga or Calbiga : the frozen surface of the lake makes it therefore possible that the activity of skating is commonly practiced by the inhabitants of the area.”


    • πŸ˜€ I appreciate your enthusiasm Allan. That’s the point – to let people do their own research, if they are interested in what I show them πŸ™‚


  8. Absolutely stunning shots Paula and what a lovely view you had! It’s wonderful to see this beauty through your lens. You just make it more special hon. Thanks for sharing and for the lovely walk. I enjoyed. πŸ˜€ β™₯ Hugs β™₯


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  10. So far I’ve had a very tiring Monday, following all the walks on Jo’s page – done in reverse order for some reason. Lovely to come finally to your very soothing lakes.


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