Predil Lake

Predil Lake - Lago di Predil in winter

Predil Lake (Lago del Predil)

The lake is located at an elevation of 969 meters in a high valley of the Julian Alps north of the Sella Nevea. With a surface area of about 1 km2, it is the second-largest natural lake of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, after Lago di Cavazzo. In the east, the Predil Pass road leads up to the Slovenian border.

Due to its picturesque setting beneath the Kanin massif, the lake is a popular tourist destination for hikers and day-trippers.

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For centuries, the southern border of the Imperial Duchy of Carinthia with the Venetian Domini di Terraferma ran along the nearby mountain crests of Predil Pass and Sella Nevea. After the loss of the Venetian territory to the Kingdom of Italy in 1866, the Austro-Hungarian Army from 1885 to 1887 had a fortress erected on the lakeside, to protect the road down to Tarvisio.

In World War I, the fort was badly damaged during the Battles of the Isonzo on the Italian Front. Some ruins are preserved and accessible to the public.

Lago di Predil