Villa Lante located near Viterbo, is considered one of the most perfect Italian Renaissance Garden. It is set into a hillside on four levels in front of the medieval borough of Bagnaia. The geometric garden was commissioned by Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Gambara (1533-1587) as summer residence for Viterbo’s Bishops in the mid of the 16th century, probably to Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola (1507-1573). This famous architect of the Italian Renaissance introduced original solutions and innovative water features into his garden design arising surprise at the time. Entering the formal garden located beside of the Park that was Viterbo’s Bishops hunting estate, way starts from the lowest terrace called Square of the Mores. It is divided in sixteen squares which four are water surfaces, with in its core the magnificent Fountain of the Mores sculpted by Giambologna (1529-1608). On the same level two twin villas are put one by side in symmetrical position, between them upstairs, you will see spectacular fountains with play waters, cascades, pools, water jets, dripping grottoes and superb views on both, terraces and the surrounding landscape. The soul of the garden, water sounding and sparkling create harmony and relax you will enjoy. The two twin villas, richly frescoed in their inner side, are open to the public only in the loggias. During the visit you will learn about symbolism, and special iconography on which Villa Lante’s design has been based.
Some kilometric distances:
Rome-Bagnaia 58 kilometres
Orvieto-Bagnaia 50 kilometres
Port of Rome, Civitavecchia 57 kilometres
Another charming place to choose for the same day, what of theme do you like to visit?
Park of Monsters, Bomarzo
Palazzo Farnese, Caprarola
Civita di Bagnoregio
Etruscan Necropolis, Tarquinia
Special one-day tour of Renaissance Gardens, Palaces and Painting:
Park of Monsters in Bomarzo – Villa Lante at Bagnaia – Farnese Palace in Caprarola.