Marta

Marta

Marta is a small village located on the southern shore of Bolsena lake (Viterbo region). Very charming with all its historical-cultural places on interest and the surrounding landscapes of rare beauty.

The origins of the village are still not yet clear (probably 726 d.c.), some think of Phoenician influence while others believe that the Etruscans had discovered it with the fishing activity. What is known for sure is that Marta has always been under the Papal influence.

The historical centre (borgo) of Medieval origins still preserves ancient traits, ancient walls, arches of the ancient doors and small piazzas. By strolling further to the top of the village you will find the octagonal Clock Tower (XII c.), emerging for over 21 metres above the borgo centre, built with the stones from the ruins of Bisenzio (a powerful Etruscan city).

La Madonna del Monte is a small sanctuary situated on a hill top just outside the village, and where every year on may 14th the Madonna is honoured with a feast called “Barabbata” a true historical procession datingback to the Etruscans. Another interesting event is the Lattarino (tiny fish) sagra, celebrated at the end of May, one of the most popular festas of Marta attracting many visitors for its delicious fried water fish served along the alleys and in the many small trattorias, a real divine invitation to toast with their local red wine “cannaiola”.