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Museo Territoriale del Lago di Bolsena

Rocca Monaldeschi e Lago di Bolsena (Foto Francesco Biganzoli)

Rocca Monaldeschi e Lago di Bolsena
(Foto Francesco Biganzoli)

Located in Bolsena, delightful and suggestive village situated on the shores of the homonymous lake.

The Territorial Museum of Lake Bolsena is in the Fortress of Monaldeschi Cervara . This Fortress is located in a small area of the ruined Roman city of Volsinii.
Inside, some remains of the medieval door, which was an access to the built up area were found. This built-up area was founded by the inhabitants of Orvieto in 1295 before the construction of the first fortress.
Also remarkable are the remains of a military fortress dating back to the XIV century. These ruins include the lower part of the fortress tower as well as its wall. They both face the lake and here is exactly the place where the existing fortress, dating back to the early XIV century was erected by the Monaldeschi della Cervara, lords of Bolsena until 1451.
The fortress comprises four towers set up on both sides of a trapezoidal building. The interior was renovated in 1525.

Divided into six sections, this museum has the geological, archaeological and naturalistic documentation coming from the territory of Bolsena. Opened in 1991, it is one of the most important museums of Lazio due to its production of culturally interesting multimedia and printed material At the main entrance a large decorated Greek marble sarcophagus with scenes of the cult of Bacchus, found during some archaeological excavations made in Poggio Moscini dominates the museum. In the second atrium is the Roman Lapidarium with epigraphs. In the geological section are several samples of rocks, including a large "volcanic bomb" (fragment of molten lava erupted from a volcan). The age of metals is testified by finds of the Bronze age and Iron from the depth of the lake. Some funerary supplys belong to the Etruscan civilization, some pottery, lamps and terracottas testify the presence of the Roman civilization, such as the famous "Throne of the Panthers", dedicated to the cult of Bacchus. In the medieval section some ruins of the ancient town’s fortifications as well as a large display of pottery found in the "butti" of the fortress are still visible. The last section of the museum is dedicated to nature.

For a visit
The museum is open in winter from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 13:00, Sat - Sun., Holidays and days before a holiday: 10.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 18.00. in summer; Tuesday to Friday 10.00 - 13.00, 16.00 - 20.00, in spring and autumn Tuesday to Friday 10.00 - 13.00 and 15.30 - 19.30, closed Monday. July and August: the museum is open on Thursdays from 10.00 to 23.00 during musical performances. The ticket, including a visit to the towers is 3.50 euros (visit to the tower only is 2.00 euros), from 0 to 14 years and for the over 65 and groups of more than 10 people the cost of the ticket is reduced ( Euro 2.00).

The museum is part of the Museum System of Lake Bolsena. It includes specialized museums located in the delightful village overlooking the lake or in the immediate vicinity: The Museo del Fiore di Torre Alfina (Acquapendente), the Museo Civico "F. Rittatore Von Willer from Farnese, the Museo del Costume Farnesiano di Gradoli( Costumes and uses museum), the Archaeological town ,museum and the museum of the Popular Traditions of Grotte di Castro, the Museum of Terra Latera; the Museum of Prehistory of Tuscia and Rocca Farnese of Valentano; Museum Landslides and geology of Bagnoregio and the Museum of Architecture of Antonio da Sangallo the Young" from Montefiascone.

Museo Territoriale del Lago di Bolsena
P.zza Monaldeschi - 01023 Bolsena VT
Telefono: +39 0761.798630 - Fax: +39 0761 798630


Testi: C. Chiovelli - Traduzione: L. Adami


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