Montefiascone, with an enchanting view of Lake Bolsena, sits at 590 metres above-sea-level, on the the highest hill of Mounts Volsini, just 7 Km from Viterbo. The town dates back to the High Middle Ages, became a Church property and important Christian centre during the 7th century. Thanks to its strategic position, Montefiascone was contended several times, then fortified and defended by the troops of Innocenzo III, in 1207.

In 1351, when the cardinal Albornoz arrived to reconfirm the rule of the Church, the Castello della Rocca became the most dreadful operating central station of the pontifical army. In 1369, Pope Urbano V bestowed Montefiascone with the rank of City and give it a dioceses. Afterwards, the town hosted popes, governors and artists from everywhere. Then it was a long period of decline that lasted until the 17th century, when the farsighted Cardinal Marco Antonio Barbarigo bring Montefiascone back to the ancient splendour.

From the gardens of the castle you will be able to admire a spectacular panorama of the whole Tuscia region, which includes Mounts Cimini and Tolfa, Mount Amiata, Mount Argentario and Viterbo, and crossing the Conca d’Oro of Montefiascone, which is rich in colourful cultivated countries, Lake Bolsena and its islands.

There is a number of monuments, which worth to be visited: the Cathedral (Duomo di Santa Margherita) with its imposing dome, second – in terms of dimensions – only if compared to the St Peter’s cupola in Rome;

The Rocca dei Papi, built on top of the highest point in town, recently renovated and seat of exhibitions and cultural events;

The Church of St Flaviano is composed by two floors, built one upon the other in different époques. The ground floor was erected over the ruins of a pre-existing temple. We are not able to fix a precise date of construction, anyway it was rebuilt in 1032, after the barbarian destructions. The upper floor has got three naves and separate entrance;

You will notice the Romanesque Church of St Andrea, built during the 11th century, for its simplicity;

Porta Aldrovandi is noteworthy, too. It is the main access t the ancient village and the Palazzo Comunale (town hall). Montefiascone is so famous also for the great production of wine, most of all “Est!Est!!Est!!!”, and extra-virgin olive oil.
It is considered an important gastronomic destination, as witnessed by the numerous restaurants, trattorias and food festivals. In August there is a popular wine festival, with exhibition and trade of the best products of the area, like Est!Est!!Est!!!, Aleatico di Gradoli or Cannaiola di Marta. A historic parade in costume recalls the legend about the Est!Est!!Est!!!.

A beautiful panoramic road leads to the lakeshore, where to have some food or simply enjoy a walk. You can practice any aquatic sport, have a horse ride or just bike.

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