Lago di Nemi
|Surface area||1.67 km2 (0.64 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||33 m (108 ft)|
|Surface elevation||325 m (1,066 ft)|
Lake Nemi (Italian: Lago di Nemi, Latin: Nemorensis Lacus) is a small circular volcanic lake in the Lazio region of Italy 30 km (19 mi) south of Rome, taking its name from Nemi, the largest town in the area, that overlooks it from a height.
Archaeology and history 
The lake is most famous for its sunken Roman ships. These ships were very large and technologically advanced for their time.
The lake is sacred to the goddess Diana and the site of the festival Nemoralia. Emperors Caligula and Tiberius sailed Lake Nemi not merely to cool off in summer, but to assert themselves as Nemorensis, rulers aligning with the Stars, wedded to Earth's perpetual life-force.
At the Hotel Diana on the Western edge of the crater at Via Nemorense, there is a fine exhibit of the archeological excavation of the late 1920s which exposed the enormous structure which Caligula built.
The lake in art and literature 
- Lake Nemi is also a painting by American artist George Inness.
- Muriel Spark's 1976 novel The Takeover is set in three fictitious villas overlooking Lake Nemi.
- Lake Nemi inspired the first name of Norwegian comic character Nemi Montoya.
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See also 
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