BOLSENA AND SURROUNDINGS

What to see in and around Bolsena

Bolsena (2 kms)

Our agritourism business is in Bolsena, an ancient town of the Alta Tuscia – area between Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany – which was an important religious centre for the Etruscan civilization, on the shores of Lake Bolsena, where testimony of the past ages can still be seen all around, going back to the Etruscan period, the Roman period and the Middle Ages.
Taking a walk along the promenade or the gardens at the lakeside you will appreciate even more the beauty of its shores, the colours reflected on the Lake’s waters, the beaches, the little cafès and restaurants on the lakefront and near the port.
What will pleasantly strike you is the majestic avenue, Viale dei Platani, leading from the lake to the main square, Piazza Matteotti.
From here you can start towards a number of destinations along the quaint and characteristic alleys of the historic centre. Not far from the square is the Church of Santa Cristina built in honor of the Patron Saint of Bolsena, Cristina, where her remains are enshrined, and you will also be able to visit the catacombs under the church. Here is where in 1263 the Eucharistic Miracle (Corpus Christi) happened.
From the main square you can walk towards Via Cavour, along which are little shops, wine taverns, characteristic restaurants where typical food is served, to Piazza San Rocco with the de’ Medici Fountain, and the Cozza Palace. Nearby you can visit the Del Drago Palace, in Renaissance style.
Walking up quaint narrow alleys, looking upwards you will see the Rocca Monaldeschi (Monaldeschi Castle) which houses the Territorial Museum of the Lake of Bolsena and the most important Freshwater Acquarium of Central Italy. Once at the top you will have reached the medieval quarter of the castle from where you will be able to admire a spectacular 360° panorama of the Lake with its turquoise waters and the surrounding green hills, while waiting for the stunning romantic orange-red sunset.
Not far from the Castle is the Etruscan-Roman archeological site of Volsinii at Poggio Moscini, where you can see the forum, some dwellings and valuable frescoes.
Going back down towards the heart of the town you may want to have a drink or go wine tasting in a typical wine cellar, or you may want to close your evening with dinner in one of the typical ‘trattoria’ in the historic centre or at the lakefront.

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In honor of the Patron Saint every year on 23rd and 24th July stage performances are held around the five squares of the town that recall the martyrs suffered by Cristina, known as the ‘Misteri di Santa Cristina’ (the Mysteries of Saint Christine). Another festival, of religious origin, is the ‘Infiorata’ (Flower Carpets) to celebrate the Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) – which takes place every year in June, a day when all the streets of the centre of Bolsena are turned into a carpet of flower-petals paintings.

Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio

Like her twin-sister Bolsena, the town of Orvieto (23 kms) is of Etruscan origin and is known as ‘Città della Rupe’ (City of the cliff). There are many monuments and sites to visit, the most important is the Duomo (Cathedral) built to celebrate the Miracle of the Corpus Domini; Orvieto is also known for the beauty of its countryside and even more for its wine, world-known.
Likewise important is Civita di Bagnoregio (15 kms), the ‘Città che muore’ (the dying city), enchanting town left dishabited decades ago, it rises on a cliff overhanging the Valle dei Calanchi. It can be reached only on foot crossing a long bridge.

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Viterbo, Villa Lante and Palazzo Farnese

If you love art, on the road towards Rome you will come to Viterbo (28 kms) known as ‘Città dei Papi’ (City of the popes), with its medieval quarter – one of the biggest and most well-conserved in Italy, and the Palace of the Popes. Not far is Bagnaia where you can visit Villa Lante famous for its 16th century palace and magnificent Italian style garden and park. In Caprarola (52 kms) not to be missed is the Palazzo Farnese, authentic masterpiece of the Mannerism Period, which once belonged to the Farnese family, a noble family rich in palaces in all Tuscia.

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Pitigliano and Sovana

Many villages and small towns in Umbria and Tuscany can be easily reached for day trips. These are towns rich in art and handicraft. Pitigliano (30 kms) known as the Città del Tufo (City of the tufa stone) and Sovana (38 kms) are in Tuscany, while Todi, Perugia and Assisi are in Umbria.

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agriturismo lago bolsena

Other town and cities not to miss:

spuntaccent Il Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo;

spuntaccent Roma;

spuntaccent Tarquinia – centro storico, Museo Nazionale Tarquinese;

spuntaccent Tuscania – Basilica di S.Pietro e di S.Maria Maggiore;

spuntaccent Pescia Romana, mare

spuntaccent Capalbio, mare

spuntaccent Terme di Saturnia;

spuntaccent Terme dei Papi (Viterbo)

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