"Bolsena lake" Lago di Bolsena by randychiara
Lago di Bolsena Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 14 photos
Lake Bolsena, 114 sq.Km, with a perimeter of 43 Km, is the largest lake in Lazio and the fifth largest in Italy. It is the largest italian lake formed from the crater of an extinct volcano. Sixty kilometers of panoramic road skirt the lake, at times down by the shore, attimes up to the surrounding ridges. The lake has two islets where the typical Mediterranean scrub vegetation thrives. Around the edge of the lake oak and chestnut woods are interspersed with vine and olive cultivation. The lake is rich in tench, carpand eels, a delicacy since Roman times.
This area was first inhabited in the first Iron Age, as can be seen from the ruins of Villanovan villages now underwater due to a rise in the water level. In pre-Etruscan time the town of Bisentium stood here and later the Etruscan town of Vesna flourished, later to become the latin Volsini, today known as Bolsena.
A road alongside the lake leads from Bolsena to Marta, another medieval village built at the end of the river which shares its name. Another important lakeside is Capodimonte, which stands on a small peninsula.
The lake has two islets, Bisentina, three km from Capodimonte, which takes its name from the ancient town of Bisentium, and Martana, two and a half km from Marta.
- Cons:sundays with tons of local loud tourists
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