The history of Marta is linked to Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic crate lake in Europe, formed about 300,000 years ago. Its first inhabitants in the Neolithic were attracted by the abundance of fish and the fertility of the land. Late the Etruscans were similarly allure by its riches and founded the most important Etruscan sanctuary in the area. Conquered by the Romans, it survived Longobard and Saracen raids and was under Church control from the XIV century to the unification of Italy.
Marta conserves intact the memory of its past and a holiday among its hospitable and genuine people is an unforgettable experience. Nature and climate provide an irresistible pull for those who love hiking, horse riding or cycling and its sandy beaches and brand new harbor offer lots of opportunities for fun and entertainment. Those who prefer peace and quiet and an atmosphere of past times will enjoy lakeside walks and visiting the fishing village with its old style fishing boats and nets strung out in the sun.
But no one can miss getting lost in the maze of fragrant alleyways of the old town, climbing the steps to the castle and clock tower, taking in the magnificent view of the lake with its two islands that seem to keep watch over the deeps and the hills of Tuscany and Umbria in the distance.
Marta is well known for its food. Its many restaurants specialize in both lake and sea fish. Marta is one of the main hubs for the fish trade in Central Italy. Olive oil, produced on a small scale by hard-working farmers, is of exceptional quality and the famous Cannaiola dessert wine seduces even the most refined palates.
There are many historical feasts and festivals throughout the year, especially in the month of May, where locals and visitors can enjoy gastronomic specialities.
Accomodation range from 4-star hotels to campsites and B&B
Nearby are historical towns of Viterbo, Orvieto, Tuscania and also world-famous spas, some of them completely free.
(by courtesy of www.martaturistica.altervista.org)
Last but not least, Marta also offers great fishing opportunities in the lake (black-bass, pike, chub, carp, barbel and so on) and in the river Marta (bearing the same name of the small town) and originating from Lake Bolsena.