These two Italian lakes are now populated with virtual monsters and fantasy creatures

Scotland might be the country with the most famous lake monster in the world, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the only one. This summer, two lakes in Italy are ready to showcase their own collection of monsters. Virtual ones, that is.

The town of Lago reflected in the lake of the same name. Photo by Gabriele Kahal/Getty Images

The town of Revine Lago, in the province of Treviso in the region of Veneto, has hired a team of twenty-six digital artists, animators and 3D experts to create the Laghi Aumentati, “Augmented Lakes”, experience. Starting from the end of July, on the northern shore of the two lakes that border the town, Lake Santa Maria and Lake Lago, visitors will be able to experience a unique digital-naturalistic route.

Five panels with an infographic and a metal frame have been set up along the lakes’ shores. They are the switches that turn on the digital animation created exclusively for that area of the lake – visitors will point their smartphones at the panel and see their screens come to life with monsters and other fantastic creatures.

The augmented reality animations work through a free app called Bepart, which activates the reading of the panels. “It allows visitors to quite literally summon the creatures of the lake and follow their acrobatics,” writes the administration of Revine Lago on their website while describing their new route. “We hope to spur on the imaginations of our tourists with these five parallel universes,” they continue.

A view from the shore of Revine Lago. Photo by Gabriele Kahal/Getty Images

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