Arrival at Rome Airport, meeting with a professional driver and transfer to the Hotel in Viterbo downtown. Overnight in Viterbo.
Buffet breakfast in hotel. Meeting with your guide and city tour of Viterbo. Lunch in the typical restaurant in the city center. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Viterbo.
Buffet breakfast in hotel. Today you will learn about the Etruscan civilization and you will have the chance to see and visit Tarquinia. Lunch with typical food. In the afternoon visit of Tuscania. Back in the hotel and dinner.
Buffet breakfast in hotel. Meeting in hotel with your guide and departure to Civita di Bagnoregio. Lunch in Civita di Bagnoregio featuring authentic local dishes. In the afternoon, guided tour of the Sacred Wood in Bomarzo. Back in the hotel and dinner.
Buffet breakfast. Meeting in hotel with your guide and departure to Bagnaia. Lunch on the road. Second stop Vitorchiano. Back in the hotel and dinner.
Buffet breakfast in hotel and departure to Rome. End of services.
Just 100 kilometers from Rome, Viterbo is a dazzling ancient city situated between two magnificent lakes, Bolsena and Vico. The geography of the lakes feeds the thermal springs just outside of the town. Enclosed by walls made of lava stone, Viterbo has spectacularly preserved medieval architecture and an abundance of antiques.
The tour include a walk through Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo dei Papi, Medieval district of San Pellegrino, old district of Pianoscarano, Corso Italia, Sanctuary of Santa Rosa, Piazza della Rocca. You will find out quite a few features of medieval urbanism in Viterbo, such as: several coats of arms belonging to aristocrats and corporations, Viterbo’s quanit spindle-shaped fountains, Towers, picturesque views, interweaving arches and profferli (external peperino staircases).
It’s one of the most ancient of Etruscan cities in the area and famous for its archaeological remains. Tarquinia is custodian of an incredible number of treasures, including very old constructions, ancient palazzi and historic churches; all of which serve as an extraordinary testimony to the past of this town. The necropolis of Tarquinia, also known as Monterozzi, contains 6,000 graves cut in the rock. It is famous for its 200 painted tombs, the earliest of which date from the 7th century BC.
The medieval town still sits inside its perfectly preserved, medieval defensive walls. It was midway between the coast and Lake Bolsena and was an important commercial town. In Roman times the via Clodia arrived here and Tuscania became a centre for the production of terracotta and sarcophaguses. The city is rich in tombs and monuments dating from the 6th century BC.
CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO
Located in a secluded position, is only accessible across a pedestrian bridge in reinforced concrete built in 1965. The bridge can be crossed only on foot, but recently the City Hall of Bagnoregio, meeting the needs of those who live and / or work in this place, issued a circular stating that, at certain times, residents and authorized persons can cross the bridge to the edge of cycles and motorcycles. The cause of its isolation is the gradual erosion of the hill and the surrounding valley which gave rise to the typical forms of gullies. The erosion goes on today, threatening to wipe off the village, which is also called “the dying city” or, more rarely, “the dying town”. The village is now inhabited by twelve people.
The Sacro Bosco (“Sacred Grove”), colloquially called Park of the Monsters , also named Garden of Bomarzo, is a Manieristic monumental complex lt was designed by Prince Vicino Orsini and the great architect Pirro Ligorio in 1552.
The park is unique, even if it belongs to the erudite architectural-naturalistic culture of the second half of the sixteenth century. Refined ltalian style gardens follow geometric and perspective rationality with embellishments such as wide terraces, fountains with water games and mannerist sculptures. On the contrary the learned Prince of Bomarzo dedicated himself to creating an eccentric “wood” having the blocks of peperino emerging from the ground sculpted into enigmatic figures of monsters, dragons, mythological subjects and exotic animals, a crooked house, a funerary temple, fountains, seats and obelisks with carved mottoes and inscriptions.
Our tour will start with the visit of the Villa Lante, a complex created in the XVI century that has been declared the best park of Italy thanks to its marvelous formal gardens embellished by peperino rock fountains. The gardens of the Villa Lante features cascades to fountains and dripping grottoes. The Villa Lante (not the only one in Italy) is named after the Lante della Rovere family, who owned the estate for three centuries until 1933. Earlier, the property went with the position of Bishop of Viterbo, and it was the holders of this august position who were responsible for the pleasure grounds you can enjoy today. The base of the garden is a formal Italian garden, arranged around the impressive Fontana del Quadrato or Fontana dei Quattro Mori, a lavishly embellished fountain surrounded by an expanse of water, complete with stone boats.
This town of Tuscia – the ancient Vicus Orchianus – was an extremely loyal ally of Rome. The symbol of the Roman wolf on the doors and windows and the inscription of S.P.Q.R. on the town’s emblem are proof of that loyalty. The town’s location, above a bank of tuff at the intersection of two waterways that run through deep gorges, is spectacular with tall, narrow houses that are often equipped with an external stairway almost teetering on the rocks. The medieval town is homogeneous and well-preserved, closed within its undamaged walls and surrounded by a natural setting of notable interest.