About a 40 minute drive away from our rental in Sermugnano near Orvieto was Lake Bolsena. Lakes were to feature quite regularly during our trip, providing us with a cool place to paddle beneath the warm sun even when we were miles from the sea.
We visited Lake Bolsena frequently during our stay. Some days were cloudier than others but every day was a fun visit, full of toe-dipping and beach-combing.
Lake Bolsena was created after a volcanic caldera collapsed. There are two islands in the lake, the Bisentina and Martana, which are thought to have been created by underwater eruptions.
It lies 13km long by 11km wide, so it’s not a small lake by any means! It is actually the largest volcanic lake in Europe and the fifth largest in Italy. We visited the northern part of the lake, driving along the mountains from Orvieto and seeing it come into view as we made the winding journey around and down.
The water was much clearer than the photographs give it credit for. The children were quite bemused to see two swans appearing in front of them out of nowhere at one point!
The children enjoyed playing on the volcanic black sand that the lake sat upon. And some of the children enjoyed playing in the volcanic black sand that the lake sat upon!
It was so peaceful and quiet. The lapping of the waves against the tufa rocks would have you believing you were sat by the edge of the ocean.
On clear days the view stretches for miles. This was the place where Mike said wistfully, ‘I could live somewhere like this.’
Yes. Yes, so could we.
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