Gardens and Landscapes (within 60 min drive)

Luxuriant historic and private gardens, created by the erudite architectural-naturalistic culture or expressing the refined ltalian style, harbour secular trees, stairways and stone fountains with constantly flowing water, labyrinths and hedges of laurel and box-woods, grottoes, shrub and herbaceous plants of impressive beauty.

Giardini di Villa Lante (Viterbo)

Villa Lante in Bagnaia, near Viterbo, is, together with Villa d’Este in Tivoli and the Sacred Bosco in Bomarzo, the most famous Italian Mannerist garden of surprise, typical of the 16th century. It is attributed to Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, who worked in close collaboration with a reknown specialist, Pirro Ligorio, and a hydraulics specialist, Thomaso Chiruchi. Its main characteristic is the inclusion of a formal garden within a “barco” (park) for a dialogue between the “wild” and the “domestic” sides of nature. The venue, studded with fountains and waterworks, such as the famous stepping cascade, was a status symbol for powerful cardinals.

Giardini di Palazzo Farnese ( Caprarola)

Tuscia is a formidable jewel box for the highest intensity of historical gardens in Italy. Cardinal Alessandro Farnese commissioned Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola to create this magnificent work of art that mingles the architecture of the Palazzo with the beautiful lower and higher gardens. The Pleasure House, the magnificent water chain and the Belvedere fountains are worthy a steep walk up the hillside.

Giardino del Castello Ruspoli di Vignanello ( Vignanello )

Dating from the 17th century, this garden was made by Marc’Antonio Marescotti and it includes Giardino di Verdura, Giardinetto Segreto, Barco and Barchetto. Ottavia Orsini, whose father created the Sacred Bosco at Bomarzo, patronized the twelve perfectly balanced parterres in boxwood that form a sophisticated geometrical design. Twists and turns of hedges of laurel, cherry-laurel, and guilder roses can be also admired.

Giardino di Castel Giuliano (Bracciano)

one of the major Italian rose gardens rich in ancient and modern species

Giardini Botanici di Stigliano (Bracciano)

nine different water sources and two rivers flow, encouraging the development of the vivacious flora

Bosco Sacro (Bomarzo)

characterized by blocks of peperino sculpted into enigmatic figures of monsters, dragons and fountains with water games

La Cannara (Marta)

a variegated garden with trees, shrubs, bamboos, flowers, peonies, irises and violets, lilies, poppies and lotus flowers

Giardino Botanico Moutan (Vitorchiano)

the world’s largest collection of tree and herbaceous peonies with over 200,000 plants – April/June

Parco Giardino Joppolo (Viterbo)

and the sculptures

Giardino La Vigna e Giardino La Canonica (Vaiano)

Hortus Unicorni (Vetriolo)

in the moonlike scenery of the Calanchi valley

Giardino delle Salvie (Bolsena)

overlooking Lake Bolsena

Giardino Palazzo Del Drago (Bolsena)

Opera Bosco (Calcata)

for art in nature


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