September 16, 2014

Our Big Family Road Trip: Lake Bolsena

 

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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.

 

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Hunting for treasure on the shores of Lake Bolsena

 

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.

 

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Just messing around in the water!

 

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.

 

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Splishing and a-splashing

 

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.

 

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Apparently, sticks are very precious treasures

 

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!

 

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Discussing the art of paddling

 

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!

 

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Or just burying yourself in the black sand is good too

 

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.

 

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Joseph feels the breeze in his hair

 

On clear days the view stretches for miles.  This was the place where Mike said wistfully, ‘I could live somewhere like this.’

 

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And Sid looks pensively out over the water as he stands alone…

 

Yes.  Yes, so could we.

 

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Well, that didn’t last long, did it Sid?!

 

Beautiful.

 

 

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