Lake Taal is a popular destination for both tourists and the inhabitants of crowded Manila situated in the province of Batangas. I’ve been there once and the thing that impressed me is its similarity with a place I have been visiting since I was a child, a place situated about 60 km North of Rome known as Lago di Vico.
Where is the similarity? Well, Lake Taal fills Taal Caldera, a large volcanic caldera and inside it there is another volcano, an island actually, that has its crater on top. It’s a crater within the crater.
The hill called Monte Venere is actually another extinct volcano with its crater on top situated inside the caldera of lake Vico and this is the real similarity with lake Taal: a volcano inside another volcano.
What adds to the similarity is the fact that lake Vico is one of the places Filipinos from Rome like to go en mass, especially because around the lake there are several areas that are equipped with barbecues and Filipinos are particularly fond of barbecueing.