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Monday, August 6, 2012

Bolsena





Bolsena has been mentioned many times before on News From Italy but for the benefit of those of you that are new followers I am featuring a recent visit. I did not think those of you that have been reading about our life in Italy for a few years now, would mind taking another stroll around this lovely old town. It has always proved to be a favourite place in the area for visitors, so it was no surprise when our daughter suggested we went there for lunch one day while she was here in July.
Centro Storico
View from the Centro Storico towards the lake.
The town of Bolsena takes its name from the lake of the same name, it is on the north eastern shores of Lago di Bolsena.  Bolsena has I think a much more touristy seaside feel to it than the other towns surrounding the lake, with more in the way of camp-sites, agriturismo’s, hotels and holiday homes it attracts a lot of holiday makers. The resident population of around 4,000 normally grows to approximately 10,000 during the summer months.  The town is in the province of Viterbo in Northern Lazio and is on the eastern shores of the lake. It is 10km to the north-west of Montefiascone and 36km in the same direction from Viterbo. The old Via Cassia follows the lake shore for some distance and passes through Bolsena.






After working up an appetite and thirst in the intense heat exploring the hilly streets of the centro storico we decided to go down to the lake for lunch at Trattoria del Moro.


The Trattoria del Moro opened in 1949 in the exact spot where it is now. The restaurant takes its name from the founder, well known by locals, "Moro" (The Moor), the father of the current owner, who with his own family is carrying on the tradition. The main restaurant is a unique structure that resembles a primitive dwelling built on stilts, known locally as 'Pagota' 









There are more photos of the restaurant on their website Trattoria del Moro and reviews, including mine on  Trip Advisor

It will be no surprise to those of you that know me that I took many more photos than those featured in the post. The full selection can be viewed on Flickr.com in my album entitled Bolsena or by watching this video that I made, very amateur but it was fun to do, although I have a lot to learn about this process.


                                                      Bolsena Snapshots - July 2012

If you are interested in learning more historical facts and other information you can always visit Bolsena - Wikipedia or the InTuscia.com website pages on Bolsena.





31 comments:

  1. I never mind taking return visits to your beautiful area in Italy. Some great shots here and that food is making my mouth water :) Enjoy your Day Diane

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  2. I love Italy and your posts immediately take me there. The quaint little streets, the lovely stone buildings, the flowers, and I can smell that delicious looking food.

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  3. Thanks for the lovely tour of Bolsena. It is a pretty town. The restaurant has a beautiful view. Great post. Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Thank you for the review. I have not been to Bolsena, but look forward to seeing it.

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  5. I never tire of your beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. A little escape for me from the never ending Texas heat/drought.
    Ann

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  6. Sounds very nice place. It's perfect.

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  7. What a lovely place to spend the day. Those hanging pots are beautiful. I always enjoy seeing your pictures.

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  8. I enjoyed the tour around Bolsena, especially noticing all the different plant pots. Somehow plants like the hydrangeas look more interesting in planters and, of course, the setting is so picturesque.

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  9. Such a charming locale. I really enjoyed the photo of the countryside seen through the arch.

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  10. Hi Linda,

    Bolsena looks like a lovely place and to be able to eat overlooking that beautiful lake, would be just perfect for Dave and myself.

    I checked out the weblink and that fish table looked fantastic, although I have to say that I am not too sure about the speciality eel dish, have you ever tried it?

    Beautiful photos, as always.

    Yvonne

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  11. Hi Linda, that hanging basket really caught my eye. The flowers and darling Italian streets are always a beautiful sight for me. Olive

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  12. After our diet of grey cloud and rain I can not tell you how good Bolsena and the lake look.

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  13. Your pictures are lovely and Bolsena is just how I imagine an Italian town would look. I really like the cobbled streets and stone buildings. Lovely :))

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  14. Oh, I'd love to sit and eat while looking at the lake. What was your meal? It almost looks like squid and shrimp?

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  15. Love your video and photos of this charming little village. Lunch looks awesome. Wish you had called me. Looking for the littlest excuse to come back to Italy. soon!

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  16. Bolsena looks like a lovely place to visit on a summer's day it must have been extra special to eat lunch in a restaurant with so much tradition behind it. i'm sure the food would have been delicious!

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  17. What a gorgeous place -- I AM a fairly new reader I guess because I don't remember this place -- but I can't imagine anybody not being happy to see it again.

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  18. As I just came back from the English coast I prefer the English old sleepy villages :) ! (for the moment)

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  19. Now I want to see Bolsena. Every single narrow alley, street and stairway. What a beautiful place. I can't imagine how expensive it is to keep up all the old old buildings and streets. I enjoyed your whole video...thanks for the Italy fix. :)

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  20. Beautiful place, with such gorgeous pictures, and the video is so joyful to watch!

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  21. Lindy, Thank you so much for another beautiful tour. I always enjoy your photos and narrative. I especially love the hanging flowers in the terracotta heads. Just beautiful. The food looks great. Thanks for sharing.xo Ginger

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  22. Hi Lindy, This is one town and region I have not had the pleasure of visiting, yet! After taking the tour with you today I will have to add it to places I want to visit next time I'm in Italy. So appealing with its narrow little winding roads and beautiful old buildings. I love to explore new villages on each trip. Thanks for sharing it. How wonderful you are getting to live and explore Italy! It must be a dream come true. I'm already a follower with you. When I get back there I'll send you an email. Maybe we can meet and have a lovely glass of wine.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  23. What lovely photos of a lovely town, LindyLou - your picture of lunch has left me panting for dinner. I've never been to Bolseno and am so happy to have a virtual tour - thanks!

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  24. Oh what a fun place to wander! :-) Even though I've never lived in Italy, I find myself homesick for it. Especially after your beautiful photos and descriptions. :-)

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  25. I can see why your daughter wanted to visit Bolsena. I enjoyed the tour, and the video is fantastic. I enjoyed it, and I thought it looked very professional! :D Although it seems like I have lived out of a suitcase all summer, I need a vacation!

    xo,
    RJ

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  26. Love all of this about Italy. Those hanging flower pots are absolutely adorable and so artistic!

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  27. Lindy, your pictures are so beautiful they make me want to go back to Italy so badly! You are a lucky woman, enjoy your piece of paradise!

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  28. It really looks like a most wonderful day out! Those striped flags are so evocative of the Renaissance and the history of the city.

    Have a great week!

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  29. Oh sigh...you make me want to be in Italia right now! But reading your posts are always fun and informative. I particularly like the photo of the hanging planters with the double-sided heads. Very unusual, I like that sort of thing very much. I am happy to tag along with you, wherever you take us LindyLou, and as many times :)

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