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VILLA LANTE - BAGNAIA (VT)
In 1566 this village, chosen as bishops’ summer residence, was given to Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Gambara, who commissioned the splendid villa with its numberless water plays, calling the most illustrious artists to decorate the Villa’s halls, like Zuccari, Tempesta and Lombardelli. Later on, the villa was owned by several cardinals, among whom Ippolito Lante, who gave it its present name.
A very old village, it was an outstanding centre of the Faliscans – now one of the best kept, picturesque towns in the region.
PALAZZO FARNESE - CAPRAROLA (VT)
Initially thought as a fortress by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, its construction started in 1525 and was transformed by Vignola in a magnificent palace. Antonio Tempesti, Giovanni Il Vecchio, Giovanni Antonio Da Varese, Raffaellino da Reggio, Giacomo Del Duca and Jacopo Bertoia worked to realize this magnificent summer residence. Two bridges connect the palace to the immense Italian Garden and to the park on the back side of the palace, the Summer and the Winter gardens, encircle the Palace - fountains, grottos, nymphaeums and numerous water games, and statues enrich the way between hedges and large staircases. Info 0761/640052
PARCO DEI MOSTRI - IL SACRO BOSCO - BOMARZO (VT)
Once one of the most fascinating sites in central Italy, this garden with its strange, disturbing sculptures (taken from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso), created by Vicino Orsini, Duke of Bomarzo, to rival Caprarola and the Villa Lante is still an extraordinary sight.
CITTA’ DI CASTELLO (PG)
Outdoor market in town center every third Saturday of the month.
Antique and Flea Market every second Sunday of the month.
OASI NATURALE DI NINFA - NORMA (LT)
One of the Italy's best kept Botanical Gardens with astonishing wildlife - Openings: April/October first Saturday + second Sunday of the month, First of May; in April, May, June also third Sunday of the month - 9,00 to noon, from 14,30 to 18,00 - Ticket reservation Tel. 06/68803231 0773/695404
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