On the southern bank of the lake of Bolsena is found Marta a picturesque looking village in the province of Viterbo in the heart of the named area high Tuscia .The town takes its name from the mountainous relief on which Mount Marta is located.
The city has a typically medieval aspect with its shape perched on a hill overlooking the view of the volcanic lake. Narrow alleys wind around the historic center and lead to some of the most significant monuments for this village such as the stupendous tower of the clock which is preceded by an enchanting terrace from which to enjoy the view of the I.Martana island.
Not to be missed
In the historic center of Marta there are most of the monuments and main attractions of the country. At the highest point of the village it is located tower of the clock overlooking a panoramic terrace with lake view. Another interesting place to visit is the cave of the apparition with the sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna.
Where to eat
Most of Marta’s restaurants and trattorias are located in the avenue that follows the lakefront. The local specialty is fish caught in the lake and cooked according to tradition.
Where to sleep
You can stay in Marta in various accommodation facilities both inside the historic center and outside the town. The offer is varied and is divided into: hotels, B & Bs, apartments, resorts and farmhouses, each with unique specificities able to satisfy every single need.
Marta every year celebrates its origins and some of its most important popular traditions in an annual calendar full of events. The main ones are:
The origins of this village are lost in the mists of time. According to archaeological findings and various historical documents, Marta arises from an ancient Etruscan settlement, but there are also theses that claim that the name of the town derives from the Phoenician word Marath. There are not too many certainties about the history of this country at least until 762 AD when its name appeared for the first time in an official deed of donation for the constitution of the “Heritage of San Pietro in Tuscia”. In the thirteenth century it was built by Pope Urbano IV the fortress, built, according to legend, with the remains of the ancient Bisenzio, of which only the octagonal tower remains today the symbol of Marta. Today this fishing village which for years has been the most popular profession for the inhabitants due to its proximity to the famous lake is also an important tourist destination famous throughout the peninsula.
How to reach Marta
The best way to reach Marta is by car or alternatively by train in the appropriate stations connected by bus.
-Highway A1 exit Orte direction Viterbo-Montefiascone
– Cassia state road towards Viterbo (follow signs for Marta)
– A12 Rome-Civitavecchia motorway, continue towards Tarquinia then Tuscania and finally turn towards Marta
-Follow the signs for S.S Aurelia and continue towards Montalto di Castro, Tuscania, Marta or Albrinia, Manciano, Farnese, Valentano, Capodimonte and Marta.
-Follow the directions for Montefiascone and continue to the Marta exit.
The town can be reached by stopping off in Orvieto, Viterbo or Zepponami (a hamlet of Montefiascone) then continue by bus on the Cotral line.