The two Percile Lakes (Lagustelli di Percile), Fraturno and Marraone, are Karst formations lying at the bottom of sink holes to be found within the Lucretili Mountains Regional Nature Park.
Fraturno is the larger of the two lakes: it has a diameter of roughly 118 metres, is 16 metres deep and stretches over 9 square kilometres, dominated by the remains of an ancient village. While Marraone is a smaller lake, it nevertheless reaches depths of 40 metres.
Apart from frogs and toads and water snakes, local fauna includes Carp, Eels and Tench. In the past these waters were known for a considerable presence of Leeches, but these have not been spotted in recent times.
The excursion to Lakes Fraturno and Marraone is one of the most popular in the Lucretili Mountains, and since they are easily accessible, this trip is particularly suited for inexperienced hikers and children.
To get to the path, you can park your car on the road that leads to the gate to the “lake”. The few standing remains of an ancient medieval castle are visible just above you.
There are many dirt roads and paths in the Lucretili Mountains, offering a large choice of itineraries either on foot or by bicycle. In addition, many local riding schools organise horseback tours, some even lasting more than one day.
Finally, bird watching fans can admire the flight of the eagles, which nest on the slopes of Mount Pellecchia.