Farnese Palace at Caprarola

Caprarola, Palazzo Farnese

Caprarola, Palazzo Farnese

You will meet your Specialised Tourist Guide in the tourist coach parking situated in Via Monte Grappa in Caprarola. 

Farnese Palace at Caprarola built between 1555 and 1575 is special as for its Renaissance architecture as for its Mannerist frescoes. It contains yet the precious reflect of the elegant sixteenth century manner of life of the Farnese’s Pontifical Court. Palace and villa were commissioned by Cardinal Alexander Farnese the Young (1520-1589) to the famous architect, Jacopo Barozzi (1507-1573) known as ‘Il Vignola’. The ‘Gran Cardinal’, rich and patron of Arts, even more powerful than his grandfather, Pope Paul III (1468-1549) wanted to immortalize the memory of the Farneses to posterity, building a palace perhaps even more sumptuous than the Rome’s one. ‘Il Vignola’ laid out a pentagonal shaped five-storey palace with circular courtyard on the inside. It compose an exclusive Microcosm where every detail of both, architecture and pictorial cycle celebrate Farnese Family’s power, in an intricate and logic relationship between forms, symbolism and iconography. You will see precious and perfect architectural forms such as the magnificent helical staircase called ‘Royal Staircase’ which turn on 30 pair of columns, the circular courtyard developed on two levels and thirteen frescoed halls on the first floor (Piano Nobile). Grottesques, trompes l’oeil, fine stuccoes adorn frescoes extending on 7640 m², depicting the history of the Farneses who were protagonists on the political scene of Europe in the 16th century. Frescoes were carried out by some of the most important iconographers such as Annibal Caro, Onofrio Panvinio, Fulvio Orsini and painters of the period such as Taddeo and Federico Zuccari, Jacopo Bertoja, Giovanni de’Vecchi, Antonio Vanosino da Varese. You will be discovering the monumental terraced Renaissance Park where the summer residence of Cardinal Alexandre the Young is located.   

What other site can you visit in the same day in the surrounding zone? Would-you like to choose one of the following places, please?


Villa Lante, Bagnaia

Park of Monsters, Bomarzo

Civita di Bagnoregio


Special one-day visit of Renaissance and Mannerist Gardens, Palaces and Painting:

Park of Monsters in BomarzoVilla Lante at BagnaiaFarnese Palace in Caprarola

Some kilometric distances:

Roma-Caprarola 64 km

Orvieto-Caprarola 67 km

Port of Rome, Civitavecchia-Caprarola 67 km

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Booking and planning your Guided Tour 
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Booking and planning your Guided Tour 
info@artinvistaguideviterbo.com   mobile: + 39 3284248738