Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Italian lakes are polluted

The environmental organization Legambiente has published discouraging news regarding the state of Italian lakes, most of which are polluted. For tourists, this has implications both for swimming and eating local fish, two of the delights of a lakeside stay.

Particularly disturbing is the news that the Northern Italian lakes are in bad shape, especially Como and the smaller Iseo. Even my beloved Lake Garda (in the photo), the largest Italian lake, of a spectacular beauty, is not doing well. Many of the most famous spots are polluted, including Tignale, Toscolano Maderno, Salo', Desenzano, Sirmione, Bardolino, Peschiera, Lazise and Torbole.

High marks go instead to Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, which is popular with expatriates, but which I have never cared for.