Bolsena, Lazio, near Viterbo, the largest volcanic lake in Europe.
The Etruscans, one of the most enigmatic ancient civilizations, mysteriously and suddenly disappeared.
They occupied that part of the Italian peninsula extending from Tuscany to nothern Lazio (Tuscia said).
But they were coming from where? And where are they gone?
There is only one set of tracks, finds and archaeological sites through which researchers are still trying to rebuild the immense cultural and religious heritage left by this enigmatic commons.
Bolsena Lake

Around the lake of Bolsena, in the thick vegetation, you still run through the fascinating "vie cave": ancient sacred paths, which, according to the Etruscan religion, marked the path from the city of the living to the city of dead.

The map of the sacred routes, which some call energy corridors, shows how their distribution refers to a large geometric pattern.

It seems that all the mystical paths converge in a particular geographic center:

The Bolsena lake.

Around it, they say, flourished

the Fanum Voltumnae, the most important sacred wood of Etruria.
A "via cava", the energetic path

Etruscans called the spectacular crater of the lake omphalos, the sacred navel of the world.

Here, once a year, the twelve Lucumonis (religious leaders) gathered to celebrate the spiritual unity of the Etruscan world.

At the center of the lake, two islands:

Martana and Bisentina, both protagonists of many legends and religious beliefs.

About Isola Martana it is said that there has been imprisoned Amalasuntha, queen of the Ostrogoths and woman of strong character. During his imprisonment she fell in love with his jailer, Tomao. Theodatus King, her husband, ordered her murder by deception.

Still now local fishermen, in the windy days, say they can hear the screams of Amalasunta killed dramatically.

Bisentina Island, a small island on which rise seven small Christian churches and chapels, was the magical and religious heart of all the Etruscan civilization.

The place where, according to the Lucumonis, is the gateway for Agarthi kingdom, which some researchers identified with the legendary Atlantis.

The mystery can be understood by analyzing the Etruscan rites and myths.

The creator goddess for the Etruscans is Nurtia, the Mother Earth. His power profoundly inspired sacred Etruscan art of life and funerary. Reading Books “Acherontici”, sacred texts on the journey of souls across the river of the afterlife to the underground kingdom of the dead, we understand that, according to the Etruscans, a goddess, giver of strength and knowledge, lives in underworld.

All their worship of the Earth is the achievement of physical and spiritual underworld, in search of knowledge and mystical force.

Pitigliano, panorama
According to the beliefs, the Etruscans “vie cave”, routes to the realm of the dead dug deep into the earth, bring men to hypogeum, in contact with the direct source of religious power.

Pitigliano, next to Bolsena lake

Curiously, this has strong similarities to the spiritual center of the ancient Inca people in the Andes.

But customs and sacred places very similar to those of the Lake of Bolsena are found in many other religions, Nordic, Celtic and African.

Bolsena town

Today, on the shores of Lake Bolsena, you can visit several small medieval villages, including Capodimonte, Gradoli, Montefiascone and Bolsena.


 The whole area jealously preserves what remains of its origins and, on closer inspection, even on the faces of the locals you see facial characteristics of the ancient Etruscans.

Perhaps they have never disappeared.

Bolsena, feast of Corpus Domini
Perhaps there are still there, to monitor and protect their forests and the sacred door  to the magical realm  of Mother Earth.

Capodimonte town

The lentils were always on the tables of the Etruscans

300 g lentils
500 grams of tomato pulp
1 rib of celery
1 carrot
1 onion
1  clove of garlic
Olive oil, salt, pepper

Leave to soak lentils in cold water for several hours.
After eliminating those ascents to the surface, drain the remainings and boil them into a pot until they are sufficiently cooked.
Pour the oil in a pan and let it heat, then add carrot, celery, onion, garlic, shredded onion and garlic and fry them.
Add the chopped tomato and pepper, then salt and cook for ten minutes.
Take the boiled lentils and made ​​them drain,  then pour them in the pan with the tomato pulp.
Mix all and cook for almost  10 minutes, until the sauce is partially coagulated.
Pour into dish and serve at the table.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Indeed, Incredible photos taken by you. You have shared beautiful memories of Italy. I enjoyed it and can't stop myself from going there. Certainly, will travel there soon. Thank you!
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