Status: 04.12.2023, 09:25 a.m.
By: Andreas Knobloch
The way from southern Germany to South Tyrol is not far. However, access to the lake is hardly accessible to anyone free of charge, and that is about to change.
Bolzano - In South Tyrol in Italy, holidaymakers, tourists and locals alike are spoilt for choice. In winter, skiing, cross-country skiing or hiking are possible. In summer, there is the possibility of mountaineering, cycling or strolling in the city centre or the surrounding area. Cooling off in the lake is also on the list for some, although a lake is not freely accessible. That's about to change.
"Create free access to Lake Caldaro": Petition launched in South Tyrol
Since 13 September, a petition has been running addressed to the Governor of the Province of South Tyrol, Arno Kompatscher, and to Gertrude Benin, Mayor of the municipality of Caldaro. It's about Lake Caldaro. The petition of the consumer protection association Robin is entitled: "Create free access to Lake Caldaro".
The applicant describes why this is so important: "Citizens who want to treat themselves to a refreshing dip and some relaxation at Lake Caldaro must either visit the Lido or use private accesses, always for a fee (unless, of course, they are brave enough to climb the stairs at the Lido – a real adventure!). Lake Caldaro belongs to the province of South Tyrol and is therefore a public body of water, it's just a pity that – without payment – the population has not been able to access it for decades." Holidaymakers have not been deterred so far, South Tyrol enjoys great popularity.
"Already with the ancient Romans ...": Petition for Lake Caldaro in South Tyrol draws on history
In Bavaria, for example, the parking lot at some excursion lakes is subject to a fee, but the sunbathing area can be used independently. Lake Caldaro is to become the same. Reason: "With the exchange agreement of July 2023, a military site on Lake Caldaro will finally be transferred to the province of South Tyrol," according to the petition. Now the province of South Tyrol is to make this area available for free access.
"The shores of Lake Caldaro are to South Tyrol what the sea beach is to Italy"
Petiton for the freely accessible lake
But nature conservation measures such as a mowing boat for algae control are held up by politicians. More than 5300 signatures (as of 21 November) have already been collected. The petition rounds off their wish with poetic words. "The shores of Lake Caldaro are to South Tyrol what the sea beach is to Italy. Even with the ancient Romans, the sea and the beaches – like the air – were considered common property. "'Mare commune omnium est et litora, sicut aer.'" And certainly one or the other tourist would be happy about the access to Lake Caldaro. (ank)