Santa Cristina

Around Gradoli

Following an old Etruscan trail, we ride up through thick woods to the top of the crater surrounding lake Bolsena.

Here we enjoy the remarkable scenery including vineyards, Etruscan tombs, the prominent volcanic lake and the panorama dominated by the famous Farnese palace in Gradoli. This palace was a gift made by the Pope in 1500 to the nephew for his wedding: what a present!

We return to the castle riding through the vineyards, vegetable gardens and enchanting woods. We particularly enjoy a canter through a tunnel made by oak trees above an old sheperds path.

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