Bolsena is the largest of the cities present on the banks of the famous volcanic lake from which it takes its name. The town is located on the north bank of the basin, surrounded by the luxuriant nature that this area offers Tuscia.The city boasts a historical and architectural heritage of immense value, the result of centuries of cultural contamination| Volsinile mountains frame the face which is already in itself particularly beautiful and characterized by a rosacea color tending to brown typical of the quality of tuff on which it stands. The city is a renowned tourist destination chosen both for its beauty and for its proximity to the lake.
Not to be missed
Bolsena is a town rich in art and history in every street, square, church, palace and monument a piece of life of this land is told. Bolsena is a small box full of precious pearls to be discovered.
Where to eat
Bolsena is full of restaurants, inns and taverns in which to enjoy delicious meals surrounded by the irresistible charm of this city.There are two areas where locals are concentrated: in the center, along the famous V via Francigena that cuts the city and the lakefront.The local specialty is lake fish cooked in various ways as tradition suggests.
Where to sleep
There are many structures in which to stay if you are discovering Bolsena and its wonders. Superb hotels, B & Bs and residences are located both within the historic center of the town with a view of the imposing Monaldeschi fortress, or you can choose to be enchanted by the lake view of the structures located on the shores of Lake Bolsena.
There are many and varied events that take place every year in Bolsena and the main ones are:
- Living Nativity Scenes a religious re-enactment that takes place during the Christmas period;
- Infiorata di Bolsena which takes place on the day of the corpus domini and celebrates the Eucharistic miracle;
- Festa delle Ortensie a botanical fair held every year in June;
- Festa di Santa Cristina a series of events to celebrate the patron saint of Bolsena;
- Bolsena Photo Festival a photographic exhibition that takes place in August.
Bolsena is a splendid medieval village situated on one of the main promontories of theVolsinii mountains along one of the volcanic lake shores from which it takes its name. The city has Etruscan origins, it seems to date back to the third century BC, but according to the stories following the Lombard raids that took place during the fourth century, the local population abandoned the old city to settle on the cliff that currently houses the medieval quarter of the castle. first inhabited nucleus of today’s Bolsena.
Between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, periods of papal and non-papal possession alternated in this city. During the Renaissance the city became one of the privileged destinations before Leone X Medici then Pius II Piccolomini and Paolo III Farnese.
Characterized by many ancient remains dating back to the Etruscan and medieval periods, Bolsena is a combination of history and tradition, where you can find the magical atmosphere of the past. From the waters of the lake emerge two islands called Bisentina and Martana both today privately owned. The first owes its name to Mount Bisenzio which is located a short distance from the coast of Bolsena. The island is a naturalistic habitat of rare beauty in which important Etruscan and Roman testimonies fit perfectly. Martana is known in the news for being the place where she was brutally killed Amalasuntala queen of the Ostrogoths.
How to reach Bolsena
Bolsena is located along the shores of the largest volcanic lake in Europe. The city is located in the area known as Alta Tuscia in the province of Viterbo which is 37 km away, on the border with Tuscany and Lazio.
The best way to reach Bolsena is by car
– From the A1 (Autostrada del Sole), follow the Orvieto exit and continue along the Strada Umbro Casentina for about 24 km, apply the appropriate road signs.
– From the A1 (Autostrada del Sole), exit Orte, continue along the highway towards Viterbo, then take the SS Cassia towards Siena.
– From via Aurelia, take the Montalto di Castro exit and continue towards Canino, Valentano
– From Viterbo take the Via Cassia 30 km
-Orvieto station 24 km away (then use the bus to reach Bolsena)
-Montefiascone-Zepponami station 16 km away from Bolsena
-Viterbo station 30 km from Bolsena
The city of Bolsena is served by the Cotral network of regional connections. For timetables and information www.cotralspa.it