Il Lago di Bolsena   183750
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1 [CORSE (Monte Formicola)]
2 Argentario (Punta Telegrafo), 634m
3 Marta
4 Monte Starnina, 620m
5 Capodimonte
6 Valentano
7 Isola Martana
8 Scansano (near)
9 Monte Bisenzio
10 Montione, 612m
11 Isola Bisentina
12 Poggio di Semproniano, 696m
13 Roccalbegna (near)
14 Monte Labbro, 1193m
15 Monte Amiata, 1738m
16 Rocca di Radicofani
17 Monte Cetona, 1148m


Location: Montefiascone      by: Giuseppe Marzulli
Area: Italy      Date: 16 August 2014
Lake Bolsena (Lago di Bolsena) is a crater lake of upper Latium (almost on the border with Tuscany), of volcanic origin, which began to collect many thousands of years ago following the formation of a caldera in the Vulsini volcanic complex. Roman historic records indicate activity of the Vulsini volcano occurred as recently as 104 BC; it has been dormant since then. The two islands of the lake were formed by underwater eruptions following the collapse that created the caldera.

By extension, it is the fifth largest lake in Italy and probably the largest volcanic lake in Europe.


Hallo Giuseppe. Very interesting place. Greetings, Jan.
2014/09/03 23:09 , Jan Lindgaard Rasmussen
Un distillato della magia del Centro Italia...
Topograficamente, mi incuriosisce vedere in un'unica immagine la cima dell'Argentario e la rocca di Radicòfani!
Saluti dal Nord Italia
2014/09/03 23:22 , Pedrotti Alberto
I would like to tell a story.
Est! Est!! Est!!! is an Italian wine region centered around Montefiascone (the town from where the pano was taken).
On the origin of the strange name of the wine, there is a curious and amusing story that everyone knows in the area, even though it is often attributed to various historical figures.
In the 12th-century, a German bishop, Johann Fugger, was traveling to Rome for the coronation of Henry V as Holy Roman Emperor. It tells the story that the Bishop sends out a servant ahead to find places with the best wine. Visiting villages throughout Italy, the servant would scrawl Est (Latin for "It is") on the door of the places he found to have good wine for the bishop's party to later visit. The story has it that the servant was so impressed with the wine being served at Montefiascone that he enthusiastically scrawled Est! Est!! Est!!! on the door.
Probably the story is only a legend, but in a local church in Montefiascone there is a grave of Bishop Johann Fugger.
2014/09/03 23:37 , Giuseppe Marzulli
I knew it in the form where the bishop likes so much the threefold-praised wine, that he drinks of it until he dies, such that his servant orders to write
Est est est
propter nimium est
dominus meus mortuus est.
[There is, there is, there is... because of the excessive "there is" my boss has died]
Only for the sake to see these words carved in stone I had planned a detour in my 2006 travel «CiclAlpItalia», where I wanted to climb the highest summits of each Italian region, plus Corsica. But then stormy weather delayed me on the Sibillini (not bad to see, however:, such that I had to rush quite a bit to the next «highest summits» and I missed the Est est est!
Yes. No doubt that ancient bishops were far better viveurs, and less distressed men, than us modern "sportsmen"...
2014/09/04 00:15 , Pedrotti Alberto
I think it is just a legend, a kind of marketing for the wine of some centuries ago :-).
2014/09/04 00:20 , Giuseppe Marzulli
I would subscribe to have ads at this level of ingenuity instead of the idiotic ones that we see everyday...
2014/09/04 10:01 , Pedrotti Alberto
Level of ingenuity 
... did you here of any other (similar) genial ad slogan in the past ninehundred and something years ??

However I believe that since then (or even a bit earlier ...) the Italienische Reise can be understood as a desperate flight of inhabitants living north of the Alps from wines grown north of the Alps. Maybe bringing grapes to the limes was one of the big mistakes of the Roman Empire - who knows ...
2014/09/04 11:16 , Christoph Seger
Never drunk a single drop stemming from vineyards north of Salorno/Salurn, the limes between Italian and German language...
I buy my wine from a farmer in Rovereto, and lovely neighbours from Termeno/Tramin do the same with the grapes that they use to produce what they sell as echter Gewürztraminer - which, of course, equipped with an echter Südtiroler name can be sold at more...
2014/09/04 14:29 , Pedrotti Alberto
I believe to remember having seen this lake from Monte Amiata 14 years ago.
2014/09/04 15:20 , Arne Rönsch
I wonder if we see some of the Elba or Corsica Mountains as a silhouette directly below the sun. Giuseppe - what do the original pictures tell about it? Regards Peter
2014/09/04 15:37 , Peter Brandt
@ Alberto and Christoph: I almost always agree with you, but this time I think differently :-). A vineyard is not important only for wine, but it has a cultural importance and above all a significance for the landscape.
I really like the vineyards, especially the terraced vineyards and I am very happy when I see them in the Alpine regions or in some valleys north of the Alps

@Arne: I've never been on Monte Amiata, but some years ago I saw the Lake of Bolsena from the Rocca of Radicofani (it is indicated with a label). Maybe I can even make a pano from the Rocca of Radicofani.

@ Peter: Your observation is very interesting. I had not thought about the possibility of seeing Corsica or Elba. In this pano you can not see, but I'll try to investigate further.
2014/09/04 18:52 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Very nice. After "cities of Italy", will we now enjoy a series "landscapes of Italy". I also like the discussion on "wines of Italy". Cheers, Martin
2014/09/04 20:10 , Martin Kraus
I did a bit of investigation (udeuschle works very good in this region - especially in combination with open street map).

What you can see "under the sun" are the mountains east of Grosetto - it is the range (I do not know its name) between Scansano and Roccalbegna.

If you take udeuschle as truth, a tiny, tiny bit of Corse (Monte Formicola) should be visible behind the left slope of Monte Argentairo - but in a distance of 240 km ....
2014/09/05 08:52 , Christoph Seger
Giuseppe: I think that we are also a bit joking, at least partially...
In any case, when you go for your bottles, think that the Council has been held - among hundreds of possible cities - in Trento, and try to figure out why!
Or, you you feel more bound to the secular world, remember that when Don Giovanni asks "Versa il Vino", then, as soon as Leporello has filled his glass, he remarks: "Eccellente Marzimino"...
2014/09/05 10:28 , Pedrotti Alberto
Che meraviglia! A giugno ho percorso la Francigena in bici e ancora mi emoziona. Un saluto Beatrice
2014/09/05 11:20 , Beatrice Zanon
Danke, Christoph, für den Deuschle-Test. Da bist Du mir zuvor gekommen. VG Peter
2014/09/05 17:28 , Peter Brandt
I confirm what was said by Christoph. The pano was taken with precision from the Rocca dei Papi di Montefiascone, which has a height of about 600 meters.
From there you can see Corse, but not the Elba. But the chance to see the Corse is only a theoretical possibility. From the practical point of view I think it is almost impossible if not in days of outstanding visibility.
Now I will indicate the direction of Corse and add some label.
2014/09/05 20:49 , Giuseppe Marzulli
Beautiful silhouettes of mountains in a lovely atmosphere. Greetings, Fried
2014/09/06 08:51 , Friedemann Dittrich

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