The Capodacqua reservoir is privately owned, and is located within the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. The reservoir was born in the second half of the 1960s, in order to obtain an important water reserve, needed for the irrigation of the surrounding land. Today, it is also used for the production of electricity thanks to an existing hydroelectric plant.

Inside the reservoir, you can admire two medieval mills and a paint factory. Both mills are almost intact in the rooms and in the supporting structures, even if they have suffered damages due to the severe earthquake that hit L'Aquila in 2009.

The reservoir, due to its spring nature, guarantees a record visibility (about 70/80 meters), and a specific lake flora typical of high altitude spring environments (it is located about 330 meters above sea level), such as Fario trout, river shrimps (amphithopes and water fleas), water fleas that characterize the spring of the water, and a whole flora typical of lake areas (underwater celery etc. ….)


The diving in the Capodacqua reservoir requires the OWD certificate. They are authorized only and exclusively by the ATLANTIDE diving school, and guided by the ATLANTIDE association staff.

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ATLANTIDE scuba diving school has an agreement with a B&B just a few meters from the Capodacqua reservoir, which offers different packages, including lunches and dinners.