Apulia, on the far south of Italy, is more well known for its unspoilt coastline and deep blue seas than for its lakes, and this is perhaps not surprising - as the heel on Italy's boot, the sea is always close to hand. That's not to say that stretches of inland water don''t exist for the visitor who wants a break from the rocky grottos of the coast.
Lake Locone, in the north of Apulia, is an artificial reservoir created in the 1980s by the damming of two streams that fed into the Ofanto river, although it has kept the lovely appearance of an absolutely natural lake. It is extremely well stocked with many freshwater fish, ideal for the keen angler, and the area has established itself as a renowned centre for cycling and water sports. Other lakes in the area such as Lago di Serra del Corvo (or Lake Basentello) are also known for their large numbers of fish, and lovers of fishing will appreciate both the excellent sport available and the tranquillity of the almost deserted surroundings.
Just over the border in Basilicata lies the San Giuliano nature reserve, with rivers and ravines leading into another reservoir which over the decades has become home to a stunning variety of flora and fauna, with many opportunities for walking in the unspoiled countryside.