"Lago di Bolsena", "Orvieto" and "Viterbo"




The beautiful lake "Lago di Bolsena" is located about 100 km north of Rome and can be reached from Rome by car in about 1.5 hours. Next to the "Lago di Bolsena" lie the two major cities "Orvieto" (to the east) and "Viterbo"(to the south).

The shores of the Lago di Bolsena have remained undeveloped for long stretches, dense reed belts switch with small portions of dark fine-grained lava sand . Surrounded by the blue water surface are two small islands, the idyllic Isola Bisentina and the tiny Isola Martana.

The Summer beach tourism has increased steadily in recent decades, and the lake is clean and suitable for bathing. Around the main town of Bolsena, some campsites and small holiday complexes have emerged.

Several old, modest-looking small towns and villages rise up with old walls on the lake (such as Montefiascone and Capodimonte) or in the surrounding hills. Bolsena, located near the shore, is the tourist capital of the lake. But also Montefiascone, which is situated in a beautiful panoramic position on the crater rim, is an ideal state quarter for sightseeing in the area.

At the crater edges and in the hills around the lake you meet various picturesque small towns and villages. Almost all of them still have the typical spatial system of Etruria (by the Etruscan shaped countryside north of Rome) : on steep from the valley ascending tufa plateau stand, fused with the rock and joined together, the modest medieval-themed residential areas. The semi-deserted, tiny town Civita di Bagnoregio (a few kilometers east of the lake located) is a particularly picturesque example of this.

Other nearby, classic destinations of Lake Bolsena are: Orvieto (in Umbria) with its magnificent Gothic cathedral and the spectacular, typical Latin City system built on steep tuff rock. West of the Lago di Bolsena are (already in the area of Southern Tuscany), the picturesque towns of Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano, which are historically connected with Nordlatium by the culture of the Etruscans. In the surroundings there are the necropolises (cemeteries, which are fundamental to the culture) and the Etruscan sunken roads, which are cut into the soft tuff.
15 km south of the Lago di Bolsena, the friendly small town of Tuscaniais worth seeing, with its culturally and historically very interesting Romanesque churches..

At the same distance from the lake lies the medieval-themed former papal city of Viterbo, which still has a good conservated Medieval Quarter.

In the area of Viterbo the Mannerist aristocratic villas of Caprarola (with Palazzo Farnese), Bagnaia (Villa Lante) and Bomarzo (Parco dei Mostri) are worth seeing.


Not far from the sea you will find the two most remarkable testimonies of the Etruscan civilization: the tombs of Tarquinia are unique because of their colored frescoes, the necropolis of Cerveterihas grave architecture on a confined space of unusual diversity.


South-west of Viterbo and about 8 kilometers west of Vetralla lies, lonely in the landscape, the picturesque Etruscan necropolis of Norchia.

Further south of Viterbo is Barbarano Romano, which is worth seeing mainly because of the main attraction, the nearby necropolis of San Giuliano. Between the lake "Lago di Bolsena" and Rome lies the Lake "Lago di Bracciano", with the interesting small town Bracciano, which lies on a hill overlooking the lake Bracciano. This lake also, with its small, beautiful beaches is worth a visit.