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Private Viterbo and Villa Lante Tour
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Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking
Your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Rome in the morning to bring you on a charming full day excursion to Viterbo and Villa Lante.
Leaving Rome you will head to the North; immediately the nature’s opulence will enchant you. During the one hour drive you will cross the stunning Tuscia Region. The name was given to the region by the Romans after they conquered the Etruscan territory.
The Landscape resembles the Tuscan one with its vineyards and olive groves.
The Tuscia region is also enriched by the presence of many beautiful lakes.
Your first stop will be Viterbo one of the leading art city in Lazio.
Despite its troubled history the city has managed to preserve its unique medieval character throughout the centuries.
Upon your arrival in Viterbo you will meet our local guide that will help you to discover the beautiful town. You will enjoy the stunning medieval center of the city; walking through the ancient streets your guide will enlighten you the captivating history of Viterbo. The tour will then bring you to visit the gorgeous Palazzo dei Papi (Popes’ Palace), that during the 13th century was home to five Popes.
From here, you will have some free time in Viterbo. You can either keep exploring the city on your own or choose to have lunch in one of the many exquisite restaurants in town. Just be sure to return on time to continue your tour to Villa Lante!
Your driver will bring you to Bagnaia where you will visit the stunning Villa Lante.
The Villa is formed by two Casini (houses) built in a sever mannerist style during the 16th century by two different owners.
Villa Lante is mainly famous for its spectacular gardens, where you can admire many gorgeous fountains, cascades and dripping grottoes. It is almost impossible to describe in words this unique place!
The Villa is included in the Grandi Giardini Italiani, the Italian garden’s association.
At the end of your visit meet your driver again to return to your accommodations in Rome.
– Round trip transportation with private car
– Expert English speaking driver coordinator
– Tour of Viterbo with local guide (3 hours)
– Entrance Fees at Palazzo dei Papi and Villa Lante
– Visit of Viterbo
– Visit of Palazzo dei Papi
– Visit of Villa Lante
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking
– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.
– Adult pricing applies to all travelers
– We suggest wearing comfortable shoes because the tour includes the visit of Villa Lante’s gardens.
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Villa Lante – Viterbo
Located in Bagnaia, near Viterbo, is the stunning Villa Lante.
Two Casini (houses) built in a severe Mannerist style form the villa; they are very similar but they were built in different periods by diverse owners.
The oldest bulding (on the right side) was commissioned by Cardinal Gianfrancesco Gambara. The design is attributed to Vignola, the great 16th century architect.
The construction started in 1566. The first Casino and garden were quickly finished but than the work was suspended until the death of Gambara.
In 1587 Cardinal Alessandro Peretti became the new Apostolic Administrator of Viterbo. He was only 17-years-old when he decided to complete the Bagnaia’s villa.
The main differences between the two casini are the frescoes: landscapes for the Gambara’s casino and more classical themes for the Peretti’s one.
Villa Lante is mainly famous for its stunning gardens. The gorgeous fountains were perfected by Tommaso Ghinucci, a hydraulic engineer from Siena. Today it is still possible to enjoy the perfect flow of the water thanks to him.
Villa Lante took its name after Ippolito Lante Montefeltro della Rovere, Duke of Bomarzo, 100 years after its construction.
The Lante family maintained the ownership of the villa for centuries.
During the Second World War both the gardens and Casini were half destroyed by Allied Bombs.
In the late 20th century the villa was completely restored.
Today the stunning Villa Lante is included in the Grandi Giardini Italiani, the Italian garden’s association.