Bolsena and Lake Bolsena

The town of Bolsena, which gives its name to the lake it overlooks, is located on the northern side of the lake which was formed over 300,000 years ago as a result of the calderic collapse of the Volsini mountain volcanoes. The historic center of Bolsena has four districts: Castello, Santa Cristina, Borgo San Rocco and San Giovanni.
Castlello is the medieval district of the city, it shows different typical architectural features of that period. This district takes its name from the castle of Bolsena, also known as “Rocca Monaldeschi della Cervara” which houses the territorial museum of Lake Bolsena.
Santa Cristina is the largest and most populated district of the town. It houses the Basilica with the same name.
Borgo is the central district of the Municipality and is the least extensive and populated. You can find Piazza Matteotti and Piazza San Rocco, with its historic fountain and it also houses the suggestive village of “Sottosante” which is the most ancient area of the town.
San Giovanni is the most modern and developed area of town.
The town overlooks the northern side of Lake Bolsena and due to the proximity of the lake, the climate is generally mild also in winter.


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