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Top 5: Italian lakes-Bolsena

September 16, 2011

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Continuing the countdown of top Italian lakes, we’re at #4 with Lake Bolsena, Italy’s fifth largest lake, located in the Northern Lazio region between Rome and Tuscany. The lake lies in the crater of an extinct volcano. Bolsena, the main town on the lake, has a medieval center with a fortress at the top.  

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Set in an unspoilt, gently undulating stretch of countryside at the meeting point of Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, it’s no surprise that Lake Bolsena has quietly bloomed in popularity over the last couple of decades. Just seventy miles from Rome, and offering considerably better swimming than the coast near the capital, the lake has long been a summer bolt hole for Romans. But increasing numbers of northern Europeans come here now too – drawn by the peace, the rural beauty, and the overwhelming friendliness of the lakeside towns.

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