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Villa Lante – Viterbo

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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.

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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.