Bisentina Island, jewel of Italy's Lake Bolsena, reopens to visitors

Jul 02, 2022 159

Bisentina, a tiny privately-owned island in the heart of Lake Bolsena in central Italy, will open for guided tours on Saturdays from 2 July to 8 October. Long inaccessible to the general public, Bisentina is one of two islets in Europe's largest volcanic lake and has been inhabited since Etruscan and Roman times.

Over the centuries the island has acted as the refuge of popes, nobility and religious orders. In the ninth century it provided refuge from the Saracens and in the late 14th century it became the property of the powerful Farnese family, a dynasty that included Pope Paul III.

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