VILLAS OF TUSCIA
This area lies mid way between Rome and Tuscany and it boasts both the scenic countryside of the latter and the historical background of the first.
Driving north from Rome you meet the land where Etruscans, then Romans and later noblemen and even Popes lived and left important vestiges of the bygone days. Among the palaces and villas the family Farnese owned in the area, Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola is doubtlessly the most magnificent. It was designed by Vignola for the Cardinal Alessandro Farnese in the 16th century and had witnessed an intense court life with musicians, artists and men of power, all climbing the spectacular staircase and reaching frescoed halls and a beautiful Renaissance garden. Not far from Caprarola we have the little town of Bagnaia where another gorgeous residence can be visited, Villa Lante. Especially the park with symbolical fountains and intimate corners is a pleasure not to be missed.