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Lake Bolsena
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Art, nature, sport and gastronomy at lake bolsena

In Upper Lazio, further north than Viterbo, Lake Bolsena lies peacefully in one of the craters of Mont Volsini.
Forty-three kilometres in circumference, 114 square kilometres and with a maximum depth of 146 metres, Lake Bolsena is Italy's fifth biggest lake, and the biggest of those of volcanic origin.
Gracing its shores are a sprinkling of enchanting medieval towns such as Bolsena, Capodimonte and Marta, whilst other historic centres like Montefiascone, Grotte di Castro, Gradoli, San Lorenzo Nuovo, Latera and Valentano are just a few kilometres further.
The itinerary which we are offering you aims at discovering both the historic and natural beauty of this special part of Etruria.

Lake Bolsena and its islands

The ancient name of this volcanic lake was Lacus Volsiniensis. Is the largest volcanic lake in Europe. It's a famous beauty spot and, since it is also renowned for the purity of its water, has a thriving fish population (eels, whitefish, carp and tench). The islands of Martana and Bisentina are probably the remains of secondary volcanic craters. Guided walks leave from Capodimonte, on the southern shore of the lake.

The Islands of Martana and Bisentina

Regular boat services and guided tours of the islands (www.navigabolsena.com) leave from Capodimonte The island of Martana is the place where Amalasunta, Theodoric's daughter, was held prisoner. Eventually she was strangled and tossed into the lake in 535. You can see the ruins of a mediaeval castle and the church of S. Stefano century. On the island of Bisentina, you can see Palazzo Famese, attributed to Anto da Sangallo the Younger and the church of Ss. Giacomo e Cristoforo with its round domet houses the tomb of Ranuccio Famese. The octagonal aedicule on one of the pos stretching towards Capodimonte was designed by Sangallo, whereas the five chapels the island date from about 1450 some have frescoes by followers of Benozzo Gozzoli.

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