A delightful village, an example of Renaissance urbanism that rises near the Cimini Mountains perched on a tuff rock. The village became famous starting from the 16th century when the architect Jacopo Barozzi, known as the Vignola, divided into two equal parts what was the previous medieval village to be able to build an access road to the Palazzo Farnese.
Then the straight path was born, today the main road of Caprarola, that allow the access to the building from the foot of the village. The center of the village itself is a place full of tourist attractions of interest such as the Church of San Marco, a building from the end of the 16th century built on the Vignola project; the fountain of the Mascherone, nineteenth-century, and that of the Boccacce. And again the church of the Madonna della Consolazione commissioned by Alessandro Farnese, exponent of the family.
Palazzo Farnese of Caprarola
The Palazzo Farnese is a prestigious building that was born to be an impregnable fortress with a pentagonal plan and imposing bastions. Palazzo Farnese is also famous for the cycles of frescoes that make it a sort of museum, as well as for the square gardens of considerable historical and artistic importance with the numerous fountains present.
The Palazzo Farnese of Caprarola is one of the main buildings of the whole of Lazio sited in the province of Viterbo; a jewel of late 1500 that links the territory of Viterbo and Tuscia in an indissoluble way to the history of one of the most powerful families of the entire Renaissance. The Farnese’s, precisely. The Via Dritta, created specifically to give a path that, from the foot of the village to the palace, cuts exactly the historic center of Caprarola and along its path you can admire the old medieval houses.
Other places of interest in Caprarola
Other places of interest in Caprarola include the Collegiate Church of San Michele Arcangelo with its paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries; the Castle of Vico, built in the XIII / XIV centuries that still shows two circular towers; the Fountain of the Three Cannelle; the Natural Reserve of Lake Vico, which in the summer months can offer the best of itself to travelers with a landscape considered one of the most beautiful and evocative of the surroundings of Rome.
A visit to Caprarola implies a tour of the many craft shops throughout the territory, especially on the Via Dritta, as well as companies of food and wine products, given that these lands are also known for eating well with wholesome and homemade food.