Arrival in Viterbo and check in to Hotel Salus Terme or B&B Il Casale di Robe. Transfer to Vignanello to visit Ruspoli Castle, a pearl of Viterbo’s territory built during the Renaissance period. Halls decorated with frescos and Italian gardens enrich the beauty of the castle.
Lunch break will be spent at the Agriturismo il Marruggio, near Viterbo. After lunch, transfer to Bagnaia, to visit Villa Lante.
In the villa, the magnificent giardino all’italiana prevails over everything else, allowing other elements, such as the two Casini, to match perfectly the green.
The main part of the whole garden, designed by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, is the monumental Fontana dei Quattro Mori, ( Fountain of the Four Moors). The other fountains, whose water creates spectacular shows, are set on the hill above.
In the evening return to the hotel and dinner.
Departure for Ronciglione, to visit Villa Lina.
The villa, for 5 centuries, was owned by the Leali Family, which had come from Brescia to help the Farnese family to run the ironworks, (the marvel of the renaissance had just been built: the Farnese Palace of Caprarola, 8km far). Then in the 20’s Ulisse Igliori bought the property and asked the architect De Vico to redesign the garden. In 1929, he gave the villa as a gift to his wife Lina for her 29th birthday. Later on Massimo Igliori, son of Ulisse, married Angela Lante Montefeltro della Rovere, a woman belonging to the same family that, in 1504, sold to the Farneses the land where the Palace was built.
Today the curator of the villa is the daughter of Massimo and Angela, Paola, who has been looking after it since when she was 20.
Over the centuries many artists and scholars have lodged here, including roman poet Trilussa and modern writer D’Annunzio.
The garden was given a botanic structure typical of the late XVII century, with many species of trees (33), such as the Sequoia Sempervirens, the Magnolia Grandiflora and the Cedrus deodaore, among them also several examples of the Mediterranean flora, like the Arbutus Unedo, the Roman Pine, the giant Christmas holies and so on…
In the noon, transfer to Caprarola for lunch ( not included in the tour).
After lunch break, visit to Farnese Palace, ( it dates back to 1559-1575), and to its park.
The palace was designed by Vignola, who wanted to show in it the power of the Farnese family. Inside, it is possible to admire the halls decorated by the Zuccaris and other well-known artists of the European and Roman mannerism.
In the evening, return to the hotel and dinner.
Breakfast in hotel and departure for Bolsena.
Guided walk in the characteristic hamlet, and visit to Principe del Drago Palace, an elegant building of the renaissance located below the Castle. The Palace features Tuscany architecture and a cycle of roman mannerism frescos, prior to that of Zuccari.
The roof garden is also must-see, with numerous potted lemons, and a unique view over Lake Bolsena. At the end of the visit, cocktails on the house.
End of the tour.