The FLAG area lies within the northern part of the province of Viterbo or ‘Tuscia’ and comprises Lake Bolsena. The lake is currently surrounded by numerous tourist establishments which, in large, cater for camping and agrotourism. There are many small hotels and bed and breakfasts on the lake’s shore.
Agricultural activities in the area are centred around organic farming which has given rise to agrotourism in the area. As has the local cuisine, which combines daily catches from the lake with produce from the land offering an authentic gastronomy which is unique to the area and well-known for being environmentally conscious.
The area’s longstanding artisanal fishing communities are at risk as their survival is increasingly linked and dependant on maintaining good ecological conditions in the lake. This is a key challenge to the region and the FLAG.
The lake is a protected Site of Community Interest (SCI) under the Natura 2000 network. The area also has a specialist association Bolsena Lago d’Europa which is committed to the lake’s protection. The lake is also closely related and connected to those of three other SCIs: the Marta River, the Vulsini Mountains and the Bisentina and Martana Islands.
The FLAG strategy has the following key objectives:
National and regional
Project ideas for the FLAG will be centred around the following themes:
The FLAG makes regular calls for projects. More information and deadlines can be found on the FLAG website
The FLAG is interested in activities carried out by other inland water FLAGs and is willing to cooperate at national and transnational level on themes related to tourism, diversification, and environmental protection.
FLAG members include the six local municipalities (Bolsena, Capodimonte, Gradoli, Marta, Montefiascone and San Lorenzo Nuovo), several fisheries cooperatives, crafts, social and cultural societies, and a credit cooperative.