The Bolsena Lake is situated in Viterbo district, in Lazio. Its dark, small and sandy shores, are the legacy of the volcanic activity that created the lake, and the surrouinding area is rich in forests, but also of vineyards, vegetable gardens and orchards.
The most important towns bordering the lake are Bolsena, Marta and Capodimonte, along with many other villages, that are situated mainly in the east coast. Fishing is an activity that has been practiced by generations, thanks to the great variety of species, including pike, mullet, latterino, tench and the crayfish.
The Bolsena Lake includes the Bisentina Island, where surrounded by nature, between lush forests and small creeks on the coast, we can find, among others, the Church of St. James and Christopher, the Franciscan Monastery, the Rocchina. The Martana Island, the smallest, which takes its name from the town of Marta, is uninhabited. Both islands can be reached by boat from Bolsena or from Capodimonte, the Martana Island can be circumnavigated while the Bisentina Island is open to tourist visits.
In the old town centre of Bolsena there is the Rocca Monaldeschi della Cervara, dating back to 1156, inserted in the Castle district, which also retains its medieval characteristics. Inside the fortress there’s the Territorial Museum, which collects documentation of historical periods that have affected Bolsena and the lake area since 1991, starting from the Etruscan-Roman period, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Much attention is also given to naturalistic side and traditional activities, first of all the fishing.