Bolsena (2 kms)
Our agrotourism 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.