Italian Lakes – Discover the Beauty of Braies Lake

Have you ever heard of Braies Lake in Italy’s north east?  Probably not, I hadn’t until, by chance, I ended up watching Italian television series Un Passo Dal Cielo – A Step from Heaven – which was shot around Braies Lake and in the Alta Val Pusteria in Italy’s Alto Adige area.

Of the many lovely Italian lakes, the heavenly beauty of this virtually unknown lake is quite simply breathtaking. Known by three names, Pragser Wildsee, Lake Prags or Braies Lake is an intoxicating blend of mountains, water, and acres of green forest – not far short of paradise on earth.

The episodes of Un Passo Dal Cielo I caught were probably filmed during the summer months.  In winter, a generous covering of snow adds another dimension to the already glorious mountain landscapes.  Unlike some other Italian lakes, the Braies lake area has a few ski resorts.

Here are a few photographs. Italy’s Alto Adige is a great destination holidays in both summer…

Another of many lovely Italian lakes - Braies Lake in the Alto Adige area of Italy

Another of many lovely Italian lakes – Braies Lake in the Alto Adige area of Italy

…and winter.

Braies lake, italy in winter

Braies lake, italy in winter

You might end up staying in this hotel:

A hotel on Braies Lake in Italy

A hotel on Braies Lake in Italy

From reading a little on Wikipedia about how the TV series Un Passo Dal Cielo came about, I discovered that one of its aims is to show off this lovely area of Italy.

Finance for the series was provided by Business Location Südtirol (BLS), a company in the Italian province of Bolzano which aims to promote tourism to this area of Italy.  To help keep costs manageable, the series uses some product placement, although from what I saw, it was not at all intrusive even if I did notice one product being shown off before I knew about the in-series marketing.

Another view of Braies Lake, Italy

Another view of Braies Lake, Italy

After watching four episodes which amply demonstrate the beauty of this area, I suspect this aim of promoting tourism to this visually stunning area of Italy will be achieved!  Indeed, after watching and after visiting other Italian lakes such as Como, Maggiore and Garda, I was thinking about moving to the area of Italy!  Not that I’d end up with a rather cool wooden cabin on stilts on Lake Braile which the star of the show, one Terence Hill, inhabits. Simply waking up to such scenery would make the days pass more easily.  I wonder how good internet connectivity is in this attractive area of Italy.

A chapel near Lake Braies, Italy

A chapel near Lake Braies, Italy

Unfortunately, being in Italian, those not from or in Italy will probably never get to see the Un Passo Dal Cielo series.  This is something of a shame, as the series itself which revolves around the daily life of Italy’s forest service and the local police is very watchable, or at least I thought so.

By way of curiosity, the series was recorded in Italian whereas 85% of the population in the area use German as a first language.  It would be nice to hear that Un Passo Dal Cielo had been dubbed into either German, English or even a few other languages as I feel this would help boost the reputation of this area of Italy at international level. Other Italian lakes would probably benefit from a similar approach to tourism promotion.

Un Passo Dal Cielo is also a technology ground-breaker in that it’s the first Italian TV series to be filmed in the HD format for broadcast on Italian state broadcaster’s Rai HD channel.

I hope the photographs of Lake Brailes I’ve sourced from Wikipedia help do the area justice but the only way to find out for sure, is to go to Italy’s Sud Tyrol region and see it for yourself.  This is something I really hope to do being a country person at heart who is slowly but surely being smothered by  life in the city.

Here’s a map showing where Braies lake is in Italy – zoom in and out with the + and – buttons:


If any business schools in the area are looking for someone with a good few years English teaching experience or a few hotels need a hand with creating blogs or web site copy – do please give me a ring!

Italy Chronicles partner, Select Italy does have a few hotels in the area: Trentino-Alto-Adige Hotels

Photography credits:

Another view of Lake Braies by Wolfgang Körber Helladmin

Luca Lorenzi: Braies lake, Alto Adige Italy, Braies lake hotel, Lago di Braies, A Chapel near Lake Braies, Alto Adige, Italy and Braies lake in winter.

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  1. carmella felice says

    I enjoyed your story on un passo dal cielo. I am a 75 year old Italian American and the same age as Mr. hill. I have bought his t.v. series and watch it on my computer. .I love that part of Italy, as I loved Don Matteo’s area of Italy. I wish I could travel to see that area of the world. Well enjoy yourself and stay well.

    • says

      Hi Carmella – it is a lovely part of Italy. Didn’t know Passo dal Cielo TV series was available in English too – or do you speak Italian?



      • carmella Felice says

        Dear Mr. Roe. I spoke Italian till I went to school. Then my grandmother passed away and I stopped speaking Italian. I can understand what they are saying in Un Passo Dal Cielo, but I wish it had subtitles, like the Don Matteo series. I had been a fan of Mr. Hill for a long time and Love his acting. I just saw the last episode last night on Rai-Italia U.S.A, and I hope there is a season 4 if Mr. Hill is up to it? I understand he is doing season 10 Of Don Matteo now in Italy. His birthday just passed in March and I wish his health and happiness. I feel sorry that Mr. Hill and Mr. Bud Spencer didn’t make it big in the USA….I think it was because they were always being dubbed in by other actor’s voices. They always made you laugh and I think the world has forgotten how to do that. Well take care of yourself. Carmella

  2. Carmells Felice says

    Yes..yes I can understand Italian. I spoke it till I was seven. In 1946 my grandmother who was a wonderful woman who babysitted me so my mother could go to work, died. I promised myself I would never speak Italian again…..really is was Sicilian. About four years ago I saw Don Matteo with Mr. Hill and I wanted to learn Italian all over again. I bought all of his dvd’s I could fined including the eight copies of Don Matteo and Un Paso Dal Cielo. I feel very bad Mr. Hill and Mr. Spencer never made the stardom they should have had in the U.S.A….but I glad the rest of the world know them and loved them. Thank and I love the pictures you posted. I wish I could moved there too. Stay well carmella

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