Chilling Out At Lago Bracciano, Due Northwest of Rome in Italy
Rome sizzles in August. Let the crowds flock to the Mediterranean, while you head inland. Take a day of respite from your Eternal City wanderings to revive at Lago Bracciano, a 22-square-mile volcanic remnant filled with clear fresh water a mere 20 miles from the city. This carefully protected gem serves as a reservoir for Rome and remains one of the cleanest lakes in Italy. Take a dip, laze in a lounge chair under an umbrella, sail, or board an electric boat (motorized crafts prohibited) to tour the water’s perimeter. The serenity of the surrounding woods, gardens, and olive groves will envelop you. Be sure to linger over the fresh-grilled catch and a bottle of white wine dining lakeside. Grant yourself a special dispensation from the overwhelming historic and cultural demands of Rome to decompress in the Italian countryside.