Lago di Bolsena, Bolsena

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Lake Bolsena is a crater lake of central Italy, of volcanic origin, which began to collect 370,000 years ago following the formation of a caldera in the Vulsini volcanic complex. Roman historic records indicate activity of the Vulsini volcano occurred as recently as 104 BC; it has been dormant since then. The two islands in the southern part of the lake were formed by underwater eruptions following the collapse that created the caldera.The lake is supplied entirely from the aquifer, rainfall and runoff, with one outlet at the southern end. A sewage treatment plant filters most of the raw sewage from the surrounding communities. Constructed in 1996, it features pipelines transporting the sewage from every major community around the lake to the treatment plant on the Marta River; that is, no effluents enter the lake. Fertilizers are a second source of contamination. However, the chemical content of the lake is monitored at several stations around it.Lying within the northern part of the province of Viterbo that is called Alto Lazio or Tuscia, the lake has a long historic tradition. The Romans called it Lacus Volsinii, adapting the Etruscan name, Velzna, of the last Etruscan city to hold out against Rome, which was translocated after 264 BC, and its original location today has not been securely identified. The lake is bordered on one side by updated forms of the Roman consular road Via Cassia. In addition to the historic sites of all periods, Lake Bolsena is currently surrounded by numerous tourist establishments, largely for camping, agrotourism and bed and breakfasts.
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  • a little gem unfortunately neglected, for believers obligatory visit to the basilica of Holy Christine seat of the miracle
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  • Just saw this from Marta which is a pleasant place to stop and stroll along the shoreline of the lake with its park area, fishing boats cafes and restuarants.  more »
  • Very nice lake with so many historic villages to visit. Relaxing atmosphere and beautiful views. It is characterized by a dark sand and especially on the south side there are beautiful beaches.
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  • Coming to the lake by incident. The B&B where I lived is near the Lake Bolsena. Very cozy, peaceful place. Highly recommend to pass by this place!
  • Peaceful with nice private beach.
  • I was born in Canada but I have been to Lago di Bolsena many times. My dad's family lived on a hill near San Lorenzo Nuovo which overlooked the lake the view was awesome.. My dad told me story's about WW 2 when he was a young boy seeing war planes flying . It's just a beautiful Lago.
  • Beautiful, peaceful & fascinating
  • The best kept secret in Italy ! We fell in love with the Lake and the local people and have just bought a house on the lake. Lots to do if you want,many good restaurants, bars and campsites. Good trails for walking and biking - go and enjoy but don't tell too many people !!
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