Lake Bolsena ("Lago di Bolsena") is held to be the largest and cleanest volcanic lake in Europe. There are several beaches with all facilities around the lake, and great opportunities for swimming, fishing, paddling, and other sport and water activities. The ferries departing from the harbors in Bolsena and in Capodimonte, offer a tour on the lake and a closer look on the two islands Bisentina and Martana.
Bolsena, about 7km from us is a charming medieval village, with an impressive castle (open to the public), pleasant “Piazzas”, beautiful fountains, and a great lakeside promenade. There are several coffee/wine bars, fine restaurants, unique shops, museums and galleries, as well as workshops/showrooms for locally made arts and crafts. Bank, post office pharmacy and medical services are present in the village. Local market every Tuesday.
Montefiascone, -the hometown of the Est!Est!!Est!!!-Wines, is located on a hill by Lake Bolsena. In addition to a fantastic lake view the village has an impressive fort with a park built as the Popes summer-residence in the 13th century. There is a pedestrian street with small boutiques in the historic center and all kinds of shops in the outskirts of the village. Along the shores of the lake below Montefiascone there are nice beaches and good restaurants with open-air services. Train station with good connections to Rome and more.
Marta and Capodimonte are two fishing-villages right next to each other western shores of Lake Bolsena. Both have a very pleasurable atmosphere with their narrow streets, long beaches and wonderful harbors. The sixteenth-century Rocca Farnese with its octagonal plans is a nice site in Capodimonte. Great beaches with nearby snack bars, restaurants, playgrounds, and activities for families with children.
Orvieto is a gorgeous, typical Italian town, on top of a peak, famous for its gothic architecture such as the fantastic “Duomo di Orvieto”. Orvieto has many very good restaurants, and specialty-shops selling locally made wines and pottery, as well as exclusive boutiques for fashion and designer items. Many festivsals and concerts take place in Orvieto. Visitors to Orvieto may park in the spacious parking lot below the town walls, and take the free escalator right up to the historic center, or one may take the Funicular (cliff railway) from the valley. Train station with express trains going all directions from the suburb in the valley (Orvieto Scalo)
Civita di Bagnoreggio “the dying village” is a breathtaking place on top of a cliff. It can be reached only by foot through a 300meter long bridge. Erosion of the frail ground has led the outer edge of the village to fall apart, and some of the old stone buildings on the edges are left with only a wall or two. Unique atmosphere and stunning views! There are several nice bars and cafés for refreshments and light meals in the village, and right on the outside; some good restaurants with a scenic view to “Civita”.
Torre Alfina, close to Acquapendente is a wonderful medieval town built around a massive fortress. The place has a fairytale-feel to it, and must be seen. Good places for lunch and dinner in the village. A great blues festival takes place in July every year.
Close to the charming town Orte, you’ll find the tiny village Bomarzo with its Parco dei Mostri (“Park of the Monsters”), a hidden gem we recommend to visit. The more than 60 larger-than-life stone sculptures depicting monsters and mythical creatures populate the peaceful gardens. The site was created to astonish its visitors and was originally devoted by the Renaissance artist Pier Francesco Orsini to his wife (who is known to have been a mistress of Pope Alexander VI...) after her sudden death in 1557.
Viterbo is a province capital, with an elegant historic center with attractive architecture, great shopping streets and many good restaurants. In the outskirts of the city there are several shopping malls, department stores, and large outlets selling Italian goods. "Terme dei Papi" -a roman bath with hot mineral springs is located close to Viterbo: Outdoor mineral water swimming pool open all year round, spa and a large variety of beauty and health treatments. Train stations with good connections outside the city walls.
Pitigliano, known as Italy’s little Jerusalem due to a flourishing and long-lived Jewish community from the beginning of the 15th century (Synagogue open to the public, both for worship and a visit). The Tuscan village is stunning with its exciting architecture on top of the tufa cliffs, surrounded by green valleys. Narrow streets with many nice art-shops and galleries, wine-bars and restaurants, and interesting historical sites.
Tarquinia, the ancient capital of the Etruscans with remarkably well-preserved evidence of daily life in this area from the 9th to the 1st century BC. Important sites include: the Etruscan necropolises with about 6000 tombs, hundreds of them with exceptional large-scale wall paintings; and The National Museum housed in a Renaissance palace, with a large collection of archaeological findings. The Etruscan Necropolises of Tarquinia (and Cerveteri) is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Close to the city you’ll find Lido di Tarquinia, a typical Italian summer resort with long sandy beaches stretching along the ocean.
Right north of Lake Bolsena, you’ll find
Tuscany, -loved for its characteristic landscape and numerous celebrated wine fields, especially within the Chianti region. You may visit important cities such as: Florence, Siena and Pisa, as well as, Montalcino, Montepulciano, San Giminigano, Greve, Castellina in Chianti, and many, many more… Every first weekend of the month, Arezzo in Tuscany host Italy’s largest antique marked.
Going south from Lake Bolsena, you will reach
Rome within a two-hour drive. The must-see/must-do list of the Eternal City is too large for our site, although: The Vatican, Coloseum, Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo, The Spanish Steps, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Navona and Piazza di Campo dei Fiori are some of the favorites our guests visits when doing a daytrip to Rome. If the reputation of the Roman traffic makes you hesitate driving yourself, you may take the train from one of our nearby stations (Orvieto, Montefiascone or Viterbo).