The French Simon de Brion, who became Pope Martino IV in 1281 and, after an amazing restoration, elected the Rocca dei Papi in Montefiascone as his own residence, was also known for appreciating the eels from Lake Bolsena cooked in Vernaccia wine.
Dante Alighieri even assigned the
Pope to Purgatory among the skinny gluttons (Divina Commedia, Purg., XXIV, 21-24: “purga per digiuno le anguille di Bolsena e la vernaccia”). The DOC eels from the Bolsena Lake cooked in Vernaccia wine is still, after more than eight hundred years, one of the most famous local recipes. On the occasion of the event EXPO 2015 the dish has been enclosed in the Papal Menu from the Viterbo area.
After a restoration, the remnants of the Rocca dei Papi in Montefiascone have become “Museo del Sistema museale regionale del lago di Bolsena” dedicated to Antonio da Sangallo the young, an excellent starting point to admire the works of the Farnese architect located in the surroundings.
Opening hours: Tuesday / Sunday: 10:00 to 1:00 pm / 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Monday closed