… the destination of the journey is the Tuscia and its capital: the city of Viterbo
Arrival at the airport in Rome and meeting with our guide.) Transfer to Civita di Bagnoregio, an extraordinary destination that overlooks a unique landscape: the badlands and ravines of the Tiber Valley. Time seems to stand still in this enchanting village which is reachable only by a pedestrian bridge. Light lunch (with a tasting of typical products from the local area. Arrival at accommodation in Viterbo with a welcome appetizer. Dinner and accommodation at the Balletti Park Hotel.
Breakfast and departure for Tarquinia, a must-see city which will provide you within an insight into the mysterious world of the Etruscans. Visit to Necropolis, rich in a multitude of different types of frescoed tombs. Some usually closed to the public will on this occasion be openede. Visit to the Museum in the Palazzo Vitelleschi (Vitelleschi Palace) that accurately traces the history of the Etruscan civilization with an exhibition of artefacts in chronological order, including the group of Cavalli alati (winged Horses). Lunch at the Capanna del Buttero in Tarquinia. Stop in Tuscania for a visit to the two splendid churches of San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore.
Return to Viterbo where there will be the opportunity to book a personal wellness experience at Terme Salus Hotel or Terme dei Papi.
Dinner will be at Terme Salus Hotel. Overnight accommodation at the Balletti Park Hotel.
Breakfast and departure for Caprarola where we will visit the luxurious Palazzo Farnese (Farnese Palace) and the park-like gardens that surround it, dating back to 1559-1575. The Palace was built by “Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola”, known as Vignola, whose objective was to engrave the mark of the Farnese family on the land.
Inside the palace you can admire the long halls decorated by the Italian Mannerist painter and architect, Zuccari and by other talented artists of the Roman and European mannerism. Lunch at the charming estate” Il Giardino e la Dimora” in Bomarzo.
Then a visit to the Parco dei Mostri (Monster Park) built by order of Prince Orsini. The enormous sculptures that populate the park are dug out from masses of peperino rock, typical of the region, and which almost seem to be part of the land, depicting disturbing figures, linked to the word of dreams, “faciehorrende, elefanti, orsi, orchi et dragh” (horrendous faces, elephants, bears and dragons).
Back to Viterbo where there will be the opportunity to book a personal wellness experience at Terme Salus Hotel or Terme dei Papi. Dinner at the restaurant Gregorio IX. Overnight accommodation at the Balletti Park Hotel.
The culture of wellness and fine food as well as the Etruscan legacy are the common threads of our hospitality.
Breakfast and departure for a visit to Villa Lante in Bagnaia, home to the magnificent Italian style gardens, the Villa represents the central element between the Palazzine gemelle (twin Palaces), perfectly integrated in the green countryside. The ideal centre of the structure designed by Vignola is the monumental Fontana dei Quattro Mori (Fountain of the Four Moors). The other numerous fountains, displaying ingenious water features, are located on the hill above the centre.
After the visit we will give you the opportunity to experience a unique immersion in the natural environment of the Monti Cimini (Cimini Mountains) at the farm holiday Parco dei Cimini with various activities to choose from: bird watching, archery, nordic walking.
Lunch at I Giardini di Ararat. The afternoon will be dedicated to institutional meetings, including a greeting from the Mayor at the Sala Regia. Visit to the Polo Monumentale Colle del Duomo, the Palazzo dei Papi and of the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo. Il Palazzo Papale (the Papal Palace) was built between 1255 and 1267 and is known for its beautiful covered external corridor with trefoil arches overlooking the square and the hall of the Conclave. This last hall was also host to the first and longest conclave in history, lasting exactly thirty-three months between 1268 and 1271. A stroll throught the medieval centre of San Pellegrino will follow. The intact quarters maintain the town’s medieval charm, and the palaces of the rich Guelph and Ghibelline families of the city help in comprehending the level of importance of politics achieved in the medieval Viterbo, not only the papal seat but also the true capital of the European nobility. Dinner organised by Magna Magna at the Sala del Museo Colle del Duomo.
30th of September 2016