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Private Viterbo and Villa Lante Tour
Tue, Wed, Thu, fri, sat, Sun
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.
Pick-up at your accommodation
Drop-off at your accommodation
Palazzo dei Papi – Viterbo
Palazzo dei Papi (Popes’ Palace) is among the most important buildings of Viterbo.
In 1275 Pope Alexander IV moved the Papal Curia from Rome to Viterbo. The Eternal city was becoming too violent and unstable. The bishop’s palace was chosen to be transformed in the papal residence.
For a quarter of a century Viterbo was home to the Popes.
Five Popes’ elections were hosted in the palace included the longest one in the History of the Catholic Church that lasted almost three years.
When Pope Clement IV died the Cardinals started a fight that ended only when the city’s magistrates locked them into the palace, fed them only with bread and water and removed the roof of the palace! This was also the first Conclave for the Roman Catholic Church. The hall where the conclave took place became the most famous of the palace and it is now called the Sala del Conclave.
In 1281 the election of Pope Martin IV was taken very badly by the populations. The election was decided by King Charles of Anjou; the fact that a foreign king could maneuver a Pope’s election was seen as an outrage. The Pope had to leave the city and immediately excommunicated it.
Things to see
The stunning loggia of the palace was used by the Popes to bless the population or to make important announcements. It was originally covered with a roof but during the 14th century it collapsed. The beautiful fountain located inside the loggia was added by Cardinal Raffaele Riario at the end of the 15th century.