The North Lazio Lakes
Where the hills of Lazio shade into southern Tuscany, lies a series of eyelet lakes filling the craters of extinct volcanoes.

An hour’s drive northwest of Rome along the Via Cassia (SS2) and Via Braccianense (SS493), where the hills of Lazio shade into southern Tuscany, lies a series of eyelet lakes filling the craters of extinct volcanoes (Vico, Bolsena, Bracciano, Martignano…)

Closest to the city, Lake Bracciano is a popular swimming hole for Romans ringed by medieval villages. Dominating its main town of Bracciano (www.comune.bracciano.rm.it) is the glowering 15th-century Castello Orsini–Odescalchi (www.odescalchi.com), an imposing stone edifice creeping with ivy and decorated inside with Renaissance frescoes and Bernini busts.

Off Bracciano’s southwest shore, outside Anguillara Sabazia on the road to bucolic Lake Martignano, We are going to spend a peaceful day in this unique little lake
in a secret place…you will see, don’t tell anyone!

Bolsena
Located on the borders of Tuscany and Lazio, Lake Bolsena is formed in the crater of an extinct volcano. Its crystal clear waters teem with fish and lap against fine sandy beaches. The capital of the Lake is Bolsena itself, a beautiful resort town. Once the Etruscan settlement of Volsini and medieval town of miracles, it is famous for its gardens and annual flower festival.