Lake of Fimon


The lake of Fimon is a small mirror of water in the comune of Arcugnano, just south of Vicenza.

Though small in size, it is an enchanting place which offers much in the way of flora, fauna and history, its origins going back to the glaciation of the Neozoic age; since the dawn of time man has chosen this place as suitable for habitation.

Today's area of extent is the result of land reclamation during the 15th century: previously the entire valley was occupied. The copious archaeological remains discovered in the area are the fruit of activity began by the naturalist and native of Vicenza Paolo Lioy during the 1800s. From these it emerged that there was more than one original human settlement on the lake: at least two completely separate epochs witnessed inhabitation, the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The most substantial findings consist of huts containing hearths of various forms. Several types of wood were used, found in plentiful supply in this area, more than today. Also discovered were utensils and weapons of flint and bone, ceramics and a tomb. Among the various paths around the lake there is one called 'Percorso Archeologico Valli di Fimon' dedicated to the archaeology of the area, which gives the full flavour of this fascinating subject.

The lake also provides splendid examples of trees and plants such as willow, popular, waterlily and water chestnut, and several species of marine life, among which carp, tench, pike and eel.

Accessible both along the road which skirts the shores as well as a higher path, it offers a magnificent view of the countryside of Vicenza and of the Berici hills.