Some call them the “Vulture Twins”, but the two volcanic lakes in Monticchio, in the municipalities of Atella and Rionero in Vulture, are actually quite different.
The Small Lake is located at 658 meters above sea level and feeds into the Great Lake, two meters below: as the names suggest, they differ in size – one is barely over 16 hectares, while the other expands over some 38.
They also have different morphologies: the Small Lake – where the white silhouette of the ancient Abbey of Saint Michael the Archangel is reflected – has much steeper shores than its “bigger brother”, whose waters are a much deeper green.
Formed in the caldera of an ancient volcano that ceased activity half a million years ago, the two Lucan lakes are divided by a narrow isthmus of just 200 meters, surrounded by a lush vegetation of beeches, oaks, alders and willows.
Together, they obviously are just one more example of the diversity of beauty in nature.