Lake Sirio in Ivrea, Italy

In the alpine region between the municipalities of Ivrea and Chiaverano in the northern Piedmont Region is Lake Sirio or Lago Sirio. It was originally known as Saint Joseph because of the existence of a convent with the same name, which is on the upland that is adjacent to the lake.

A junction in the 5 Rings of Ivrea
A junction in the 5 Rings of Ivrea

Together with Lago Nero or Black Lake, Lago Pistono, Lago San Michele or St. Michael’s Lake and Lago di Campagna or the Farmland Lake, Lake Sirio makes a part of Cinque Laghi della Serra di Ivrea or the Five Lakes of Ivrea Range. All five lakes are originally glacial, but Lake Sirio is the only known that is nurtured by the sweet spring water from the mountain.

Inside this magical mirror of water lives diverse animal and plant species typical of the aquatic environment like Tree Frogs, Frogs, Royal Mallard of the bird specie, and the water chicken.


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The lake revolves at an asphalt road that could be circumnavigated on foot for about 40 minuties.

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It is possible to explore l’Anello del Lago Sirio e delle Terre Traballanti or the Ring of Lake Sirio and of the Turbulent Land, a nature-filled path on the road of the countryside that uncovers the beautiful walking area and of the flora and fauna that are endemic in the area. Inside, one could find vegetable gardens, orchards, gardens and meadows.

Balancing over the lake
Balancing over the lake

Other various adventure and sports activities that could be done at Lake Sirio are found in an open beach where one could take refuge during the hot days in the summer months.

A small chapel en route to Lake Sirio
A small chapel en route to Lake Sirio

As a matter of fact in the bathing season, the lake becomes populated with tourists and swimmers in search of relaxation and tranquility.

A hint of Lake Sirio's vastness
A hint of Lake Sirio’s vastness
The mountainous range of Ivrea hovering beyond Lake Sirio
The mountainous range of Ivrea hovering beyond Lake Sirio
Fun at Il Cigno's open playground
Fun at Il Cigno’s open playground

The area of Ivrea’s marina is very well-equipped for the summer season. One could find diverse tourist resorts, hotels, restaurants, agri-tourism lodging and restaurants, tennis and football camps, camping area, a parking spot and many other services for tourists.

Refreshing Lake Sirio
Refreshing Lake Sirio

One of the tourist establishments here in Lake Sirio is Il Cigno or the Swan, a restaurant famous for its romantic terrace on the banks of the lake. It is perfect for anyone, including families with young kids, as it has a quaint playground where the little ones could play while their parents bask under the sun.

The romantic terrace of Il Cigno Restaurant
The romantic terrace of Il Cigno Restaurant
Carpaccio di Manzo with Rucola and Shaved Parmesan, a typical food by the lake
Carpaccio di Manzo with Rucola and Shaved Parmesan, a typical food by the lake

Getting to Lake Sirio is easy. Just rent a car and buy a map and a pocket Italian-English dictionary for a smooth journey to this refreshing paradise in Piedmont.

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