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When the call for underwater adventures is stronger than anything

Italy. April 1. UITV. The lake of Capo D’Acqua is located in Capestrano, in the National Park of Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains. It was created in the 60s for the irrigation of fields. It is fed from the spring of Capo D’Acqua which, with two other sources, originates the Tirino river.

Many centuries ago, the alpine springs that feed the lake attracted medieval entrepreneurs, who built two mills and a paint factory nearby. Divers can swim through the mill complex and explore its different rooms and structures.

The first is in the worst condition, but it still shows the wheel that operated the mill, not inconsiderable charm. The second is more beautiful and charming with other underwater environments, can all be visited.

When the valley was flooded to create the lake, the factory remained above the water line, but the mills assumed new identities as complex, submerged ruins, ideally suited to scuba exploration. 

The real highlights of this dive are the ruins themselves, but Capo D’Acqua is also home to some exciting fauna, including populations of fario or brown trout.

Capo D'Acqua Lake is a lake inside a private property, part of the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga.

The lake’s ecosystem was threatened with the introduction of several aggressively predatorial pike almost a decade ago, but the removal of these fish has seen a steady recovery of other naturally occurring species.

The beautiful scenery of the island


To protect the impressive heritage of Capo D’Acqua, diving can only be arranged through the Atlantide dive center, located 25 miles away in the town of L’Aquila. 

Diving is available throughout the year with water temperature staying between 15C/59F and 26C/79F. The high season for diving is from April to October when water visibility is at its best.

The earthquakes that regularly happen in the area took a toll over the centuries. Nevertheless, one of the mills still have walls with interesting architecture details while the other one only kept the foundations but with the metal blades of the waterwheel still visible!

Divers can expect visibility up to 230 feet (70 meters), and fantastic submarine flora and fauna. The unbelievable visibility is due to the fact that Capo d’Acqua is a high altitude, spring fed lake.

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