The lake has a volcanic origin, is suitable for swimming and its banks are entirely practicable. The first settlements were a village on stilts of the fifteenth century BC. This settlement, called "village of Macine" due to the large amount of millstones (Latin: macine) retrieved dating back to the Middle Bronze Age 4,000 years ago. From the Roman times the most important remains are Doric and Bergantino nymphs that, because of their importance, were sketched by Piranesi. The villa of Domitian ends on the lake with a small marina in large blocks of stone. Lake Albano is home to the Italian Olympic Stadium and Olympic Committee for Rowing.