Over the years, Lake Accesa has been part of various well-known legends, often originating from the lake’s very unusual name (the lake that lights up), but also due to the presence of Etruscan finds and due to the lake’s abnormal depth.
One of these legends recounts of when, in ancient times, the lake did not yet exist and when, where it lies today, there was a vast field of grains and cereals. The field’s owner, a gentleman named Turco, ignored the celebrations in honour of Saint Anne, patron saint of harvesters, and ordered his peasants to continue working even on the day dedicated to the saint herself, the 26th July. The legend tells that, exactly on that day, peasants and oxen were swallowed up by water. The ground began to crumble under their feet and an enormous chasm engulfed everything and everyone, including the houses, the peasants and their fields. Large flames leapt out of this abyss and were only extinguished later by torrential rain.
In just a few minutes, where there were once dwellings, farmyards and the gathered harvest, a dark lake appeared that gave out reddish flashes. The legend insists that even today, if you go to the banks of the lake on 26th July, you may hear the singing of the peasants, the bellowing of the oxen and the ringing of the bells which once animated the ancient village.