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Just a scenic 2 hour drive from Rome, you’ll find one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes. While some of Italy’s other lakes, notably Lake Como, have risen to fame the world over, Lake Bolsena is still relatively untouched by mass tourism and is more so frequented by domestic holiday makers. The lake itself was formed over 370,000 year ago by a crater left by a dormant volcano and eventually began filling with water to form the lake as we know it today. While the area has remnants of many different tribes which have settled throughout history, today the lake and the namesake town Bolsena, are well-known for a religious miracle which took place in the 13th century. SopranoVillas’ selection of Lake Bolsena villas are a great base to not only enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Bolsena and its black sand beaches, but also to explore the surrounding towns.
The town of Bolsena, sits below the 13th century Castello Monaldeschi and is home to many medieval structures built from the local tufo rock. Tufo rock is a charcoal-colour rock that is naturally created from volcanic ash and in fact the nearby town of Orvieto is built atop a tufo rock plateau. Spend a day wandering from the castle down through winding streets of Bolsena to discover the town’s beautiful architectural elements, including typical medieval doors. While staying at one of many Lake Bolsena villas, it is also worth a day trip is the neighbouring city of Viterbo, the largest in the Bolsena area. Viterbo was at it’s peak in the 13th century when it was the seat of the papal court. The Palazzo Papale and the San Lorenzo Cathedral are themselves worth the day trip, but for those looking for some relaxation, the Terme dei Papi thermal baths allow for the ultimate indulgence. Still relatively untouched by mass tourism, the Lake Bolsena area is sure to please those looking to slow down and enjoy both nature and the simplicity of small town and countryside life.