Gradoli is a town in the province of Viterbo located along the north-western shore of Lake Bolsena. Gradoli is known in Lazio for its excellent wine production which leads to the birth of DOC wine Aleatico di Gradoli .Inside the historic center of the village there are numerous period monuments such as the fortress or palazzo Farnese. Today Gradoli, despite its immense agricultural tradition, is also an important tourist center especially for its proximity to Lake Bolsena, chosen as an alternative to classic holidays in the mountains or by the sea.
Not to be missed
Where to eat
Gradoli is full of restaurants, taverns and trattorias in which to eat. The local specialty is fish caught in Lake Bolsena.
Where to sleep
In Gradoli it is possible to stay either in the historic center in a B&B or in a hotel, or outside the town in a farmhouse in close contact with nature.
The popular origins of Gradoli relive in some of its main events that are repeated every year and involve all citizens in a great party. One of the most important is “Tantevecchie a Gradoli” a folkloristic re-enactment linked to the epiphany. In the month of July, on the other hand, “Alatico in festa” takes place which celebrates the most renowned wine product of this locality.
The historical origins of this inhabited center date back to the Middle Ages, when an imposing castle was built in the current “pergola“, whose entrance could only be reached via a steep staircase, from the Latin “gradus” , from which, according to many testimonies, the name of the town derives. Today only a few traces remain of the ancient castle. The town as we see it today dates back to the 12th century when it was decided to recognize municipal autonomy for the first time (a period that did not last long since the village soon fell under the dominion of the city of state Orvieto). The most flourishing historical period for Gradoli was during the dominion of the ancient city of Castrocapitale of the homonymous duchy, created by the Farnese which ceased to exist in 1649. Even in more recent times Gradoli has been the protagonist of national news. In fact, this village was at the center of the investigation into the kidnapping of the president Aldo Moro from the Red Brigades.
How to reach Gradoli
Gradoli is 62 km from Grosseto and 98 km from Rome. The best way to reach this location is by car. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the Cotral bus lines. The closest stations to Gradoli are: Gradoli, V Roma, Cimitero is 755 meters away, 11 min walk.