Tuscia is an extremely ancient land, where nature and history in every epoch has generously laid the foundations for rendering absolutely unique a territory which, ranging over 50 kms around Viterbo (its natural, geographic centre) can legitimately boast of offering tourists inimitably interesting historic, cultural, natural, aeno-gastronomic and folkloristic proposals all year round, throughout its 60 small but stupendous townships. Lakes, the sea, sulphur and thermal baths, mountains and summer hills, and world-famous archeological sites. Furthermore when visiting our Country House you can easily make a trip to nearby Rome, without having to give up your serene, relaxing and restoring stay.
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Bomarzo (6 Km)
Dominating the underlying Tiber valley, Bomarzo in its own small way offers a tourist proposal worthy of attention. The medieval hamlet located even higher than the road crossing the provincial highway, has a noteworthy panorama enhanced by a huge ‘palazzo’ built by the patrician Orsini family in 1525. The Palazzo now houses exhibitions and conventions. When the wars waged in the name of the Papal State came to an end Prince Vicino Orsini, another member of this powerful family, ordered the construction of the Sacred Wood, now known as the ‘Park of the Monsters’, an exhibition, the only one of it kind, exhibiting giant, fantastic and grotesque stone statues.
Bagnaia (3 Km)
This small village, belonging to the Viterbo area, has a classic, transit square offering a relaxing promenade through the characteristic alleys criss-crossing the ancient hamlet. Bagnaia was, however, the site chosen by Cardinal Ottavio Visconti for his superb renaissance Villa, built in the XVI century, embellished by Italianate gardens and scintillating waterworks. Completed in 1566 by Cardinal Giovan Francesco de Gambara who entrusted its the construction to Jacobo Barozzi, known as il Vignola, today it is a jewel in the crown among the numerous Italian monuments and gardens, to be found not only in the Tuscia area.
Viterbo (7 Km)
The principle township of the area, with 60,000 inhabitants, once a Papal seat and the commercial fulcrum of the entire province, Viterbo is famous for its marvellous medieval quarter, St. Pellegrino, its therapeutic sulphur baths, its Etruscan-Roman, archeological sites - Castel d’Asso and Ferento and also the magnificent Palazzo dei Papi. In the various museums (Civic Museum, National Museum, Ceramics Museum, Museum of the Sodalizio di St. Rosa and the Museum Colle del Duomo) centuries of fascinating history can be travelled while, thanks to the Univesità Agraria della Tuscia (Agrarian University), a splendid Botanical Garden located next to the Bulicame springs takes us from one continent to another, through beautiful environmental scenarios.
Caprarola (18 Km)
Situated in the heart of the Mountain Municipality, Caprarola is celebrated for its sumptuous Palazzo Farnese, full of magnificently frescoed, noble halls and surrounded by princely gardens. Alessandro Farnese, who later became Pope Paul III, in 1539 entrusted the construction of the Palazzo to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and Alessandro Farnese, his nephew, appointed Jacopo Barozzi, known as Il Vignola, to conclude the construction works. Caprarola is also the ideal terrain for cultivating hazel nuts and chestnuts, used by the chief, domestic, confectionary industry for top-notch products. The ancient village, with its genuine character and up-and-down alleys and inclines, definitely merits a delightful visit.
Lago di Vico (18 Km)
Nestling in the heart of the natural Reserve of the Mountain Community of the Cimini Mountains, Lake Vico offers a relaxing reference point for those in search of the most genuine, uncontaminated nature, with a huge variety of birdlife finding their oasis in the lake, horses roaming free, hazel-nut groves, wide beaches and green glades where visitors can spend whole days far away from every noise and danger.