The Renaissance Gardens Tour: Palazzo Farnese and more
Full day tour with pick up/drop off from Civitavecchia Port. Visit and discover the best Gardens and Palaces of the Renaissance period: Farnese Palace at Caprarola, one of the most important examples of Renaissance architecture in Italy; “Villa Lante” at Bagnaia and “the Monsters park” at Bomarzo!
One day completely immersed in the most beautiful historic buildings and gardens of Italy. Do not miss the famous “Royal Stairs” and the horrible sculptures and discover much more with us.
- Palazzo Farnese an authentic Renaissance building
- Villa Lante the beautiful gardens of Italian middle-age style
- The Monster Park
The Farnese Palace is situated directly above the town of Caprarola, dominating its surroundings. Caprarola has always been an expression of Farnese’s power and the palace is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. You will be able to walk the spiral staircase called Scala Regia or the “Royal Stairs” and see the Piano dei Prelati floor, which leads to the broad terrace.
You can witness the amazing frescoes of the winter suite, the famous “Room of the World Map” or “Sala del Mappamondo”, displaying the world as it was in 1574 when the frescoes were completed. Gaze at the depiction of the continents on one side of the wall while the wall opposite the planisphere is devoted to the lands where Christianity and the church originated, Judea and Italy.
The Royal Staircase is next and is already being hailed as a masterpiece of Vignola’s, having been imitated several times throughout history. The most original aspect of the structure is its helicoidal structure inspired by Bramante’s great “snail” in the Vatican. The gardens of the villa are as impressive as the building itself, a signifi
cant example of a Renaissance Italian garden. They sit behind the palace and are divided into a winter garden and summer garden. A walk through the chestnut woods leads to the “giardino segreto”, or secret garden, with its 28 statues. At the end of your tour it will be possible to have lunch in the Caprarola city center, where you can taste authentic, local food.
Availability: year round
Days of Operation: daily except monday
Duration: 8,5 hours
Tour starts: 08.45 AM
Meeting point: Largo della Pace. TERMINAL CRUISE SHUTTLE BUS. It is the meeting point and last stop of the port free shuttle bus (that picks up you from the boat). From the shuttle-bus drop off area you have to exit from the port and we wait for you just outside of the exit holding a sign with your name on it”
Pick-up and drop off: Terminal Cruise Shuttle bus – Largo della Pace, Civitavecchia. We offer pickup service from all accommodation facilities located in the city center. Hotels, B&B’s and apartments. Please include, in your reservation, the accommodation name and its address. The time will be at 07.30 AM approxmatively, due to the traffic conditions you could wait 5 – 10 minutes more
Additional services on request: add winw and Food Tasting
We suggest to wear comfortable shoes and remember that is not permitted to visit churches in shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders. The tour can be changed without notice due to weather and traffic. You can start the tour directly from the meeting point. Visitors could be asked an ID/Passport for security reasons, please make sure you have a valid one with you
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund