This wonderful location in the province of Viterbo, in the ancient Etruscan territory of Tuscia, is renowned because it hosts Palazzo Farnese, a sumptuous Renaissance villa built between 1530 and 1575.
The transfer from Rome to Caprarola in limousine, sedan or minivan with private will take about 1 hour from a city center hotel, Termini station or Civitavecchia Port. During the journey you’ll be able to admire the enchanting country landscape that opens in the surroundings of the Urbe. You will travel on a part of the via Cassia, an important consular road built by ancient Romans to connect Rome with Florentia, the ancient Florence.
Once Caprarola you’ll be brought by your private driver till the entrance of Palazzo Farnese to visit it. The massive fortified building with a pentagonal plan dominates from above the Latial location and the marvelous surrounding landscape. The villa was built as a residence for the wealthy Farnese family. The project was assigned first to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and after his death to Vignola. The interiors of the palace are richly frescoed by great masters of the renaissance. You will be impressed by the beauty of the Stanza del Mappamondo, the cortile circolare, the Orti Farnesi, and most important monument in Caprarola, like the S.Teresa Church.
***After visit Palazzo Farnese, you’ll have lunch in a typical restaurant ***
BAGNAIA VILLA LANTE
At approximately 4 km from Viterbo, at the slopes of the Cimini Mountains we find Bagnaia (441 meter above sea level), in the past a summer residence for high prelates. The element of major attraction in the place is, without a doubt, Villa Lante.
Designed at the Farnese family, it is characterized in respect to other villas by the distinct predominance of the garden in respect to the inhabited part. In fact, it consists of only two elegant but small symmetrical buildings places approximately in the middle of the garden on a slope, while the garden is developed on around 22 hectares, adorned by statues, fountains, and magnificent water games. The small but interesting historical center is divided into two well-distinct cores from the central Piazza XX Settembre. To the north the medieval core rises around the Castrum, dominates the Pierina Valley, both the road network and buildings are still purely mediaval, even if here and there a little marred from sloppy restructuring. To the south, going up the hill, the elegant renaissance quarter developed on a trident, even this contructed at the beginning of 1567 fom the design of the Sienese architect, Tommaso Ghinucci, is delimited on the right by the wall of the Villa Lante.
MONSTER’S PARK OF BOMARZO
The “Sacred wood of bomarzo” is also known and rebaptized as Monster’s Park. Prince Pier Francesco Orsini, known as Vicino, wanted such a park “only to ease the heart”. It was designed and laid out by the grat architect , Piero Ligorio, who was summoned to work at Sant Peter’s in Vaticano after the death of Michelangelo. Without either Price Orsini or Ligorio ever realizing it, a timeless masterpiece was born. When you visit this park you will go from surprise to surprise as amimals and figures in stone suddenly appear: the Elephant that is about to kill a Warrior, the fighting Dragons, the Ogre in whose mouth you could pic-nic, Sleeping beauty, Hercules tearing Cacus apart, Bears in ambush, animals with three head of an Orc with a model of the Orsini Castle on top representing the power of his family.
These sculptures carred out of massive boulders in situ, appearing to rise up out of the very ground as if by magic. It all goes back to the 16th Century 81552), the period which saw the development of an ideal of life between Prince and Courtier. This wood has inspired many important artists and poets of the time. After Vicino Orsini’s death nobody cared any longer for this jewel of mannerist art and after centuries of oblivion has been saved and restored for the joy of intellectuals, men of letter, artists and tourists that come from all over the world of admire this splendid garden.
*** Return to the hotel ***
SPECIAL OFFERS 390,00 Euro DURATION 12 hours
Small group Rome Caprarola, Vico Lake and Villa Lante and Monster’s Park FULL DAY TOURS
- Pick up and Drop off at your centrally located hotel
- Small group of maximum 8 people
- A/C Mercedes vehicle or similar and English speaking driver-guide
- Scenic photo stops along the panoramic places
- Tour of countries with our expert local guide (not included)