Tuscia, from 5th to 10th October
It was bellissimo!
the City of Popes with its famous Palazzo dei papi and the intact medieval quarter of San Pellegrino. Viterbo is a quite and beautifully kept city with little squares, narrow, churches, fountains and gardens… Of course we will relax into the gorgeous thermal bath in Viterbo with its hot spring water.The province of Viterbo is surrounded by nature, at the feet of the Cimini Mountains, you can find forests full of chestnut and beech trees. The countryside is surrounded by vineyard, olive trees and hazelnut trees with the typical product of this region: “nocciola gentile romana”. In Tuscia lie a series of lakes filling the craters of extinct volcanoes (Vico, Bolsena, Bracciano, Martignano).Located in the Lazio region, the Province of Viterbo is close to Rome, one hour from the Tyrrhenean sea and from one of the most important Estruscan archeological site ( Tarquinia and Cerveteri…).
It is a perfect escape from the city and from the touristic spots, to relax, to enjoy arts, nature and spas, to taste food and wine and it is perfect to have a lot of interactions with locals….
- The hidden little gem CIVITA DI BAGNOREGGIO
The 1200-year-old Civita di Bagnoregio is a village in danger of extinction. Civita has a population of just 10 people who live amid twisting stone paths and centuries-old houses that are perched atop sheer cliffs overlooking deep and ravines (Calanchi). Due to the almost unreal silence and quietness that reign over the alleys of Civita is possible to perceive the beauty of every single detail: the historic buildings with their endless charm, the well-kept homes, adorned with climbing plants, cats that populate the town center and seem to be the only residents.
- CAPRAROLA and its huge Palazzo Farnese.
The Palazzo Farnese was built by the powerful of Farnese family. One of the more preserved Renaissance gardens.The Villa Farnese is situated directly above the town of Caprarola and dominates its surroundings. It is a massive Renaissance and Mannerist construction. It is built on a five-sided plan in reddish gold stone; buttresses support the upper floors. As a centerpiece of the vast Farnese holdings, Caprarola has always been an expression of Farnese power, rather than a villa in the more usual agricultural or pleasure senses. The villa is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. Ornament is used sparingly to achieve proportion and harmony. Thus while the villa dominates the surroundings, its severe design also complements the site. This particular style, known today as Mannerism, was a reaction to the ornate earlier High Renaissance designs of twenty years earlier.
You will be amazed!
- BOMARZO and the Sacro Bosco (“Sacred Grove”) colloquially called Park of the Monsters is a Manieristic monumental complex, it was devised by the architect Pirro Ligorio on commission of Prince Pier Francesco Orsini (1523-1585), called Vicino, only to vent the heart broken at the death of his wife Giulia Farnese (1560).
The park’s name stems from the many larger-than-life sculptures, some sculpted in the bedrock. The park of Bomarzo was intended not to please, but to astonish, and like many Mannerist works of art, its symbolism is arcane. You can find a lot of symbols from Egypt to the contemporary politics and history (for example the Borgias or the Medici’s family…) Many artists were inspired by the Bosco like the Spanish painter Salvator Dalì who made a short movie and completed a painting based on the park.
- TUSCANIA: the ancient southern Etruria.
The city of art in the province of Viterbo, one of the most beautiful landscapes of Tuscia. Tuscania was probably founded in the 7th century BC and in the following years its strategic position gave Tuscania a leading role in the Etruscan world and around 280 BC was entered into the Roman orbit. In the 5th century AD Tuscania became one of the first bishopric sees in Italy. A truly trip into the history and art with the acropolis outside of the town walls, the Etruscan necropolises, including the Tomb of the Queen and Pian di Mola, the remains of the ancient Via Clodia, which connected the town with Rome. Moreover, the huge Church of San Pietro, built in Lombard-Romanesque style, begun in the 8th century and renovated in the 11th-12th centuries. The beautiful The Romanesque Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, with its façade with three finely decorated portals and the entrance flanked by a pair of free standing columns intended to evoke the Boaz and Jachin of the Temple of Solomon at Jerusalem. The Tower of Lavello and Fontana delle Sette Cannelle a Medieval fountain made with Roman materials….
Itineraries and small groups. Make the most of it!
There are many other interesting places to visit in Tuscia. We have an itinerary that we will send to you but we are always happy to discuss with the group about our plans, make changes according with your interests. Traveling with a small group it’s also this. We can visit Italian houses, little shops, hidden traditional places, decide on the last minute to go in a different place or come back. We are on the road with our car…:-)
Italian lessons: no classroom, no standard lessons.
Apart from some meeting in the morning to learn something more about the place, clarifying doubt about words we learnt, discuss what we saw…
we prefer learn the language by living it!
Standard lessons in classroom of course are available on request but we prefer enjoy the time and take advantage of the place. The lessons are every minute that we will spend there, with locals, Italian friends, during “our aperitivo conversation”.
During all breakfast, lunches and dinners provided we will speak in Italian.
The tutors are available all the time and some Italian friends come to visit us to have a conversation during our visit and sightseeing tours. We will visit Italian houses, we will prepare and cook Italian dishes with them…and many other activities designed to speak, speak, speak and improve your Italian in the context. (email us if you want more details about it).
Level of Italian
All levels are accepted a part from totally beginner.
We recommend for this trip an Elementary level.
We will try to assemble an homogeneous group with a certain equality in the level to allow everyone to communicate and talk.
** The price: £ 650 **
What is included:
Accommodation 5 nights with organic breakfast
(Accommodation is in a large double room with single use)
Transfer from/to Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport
Transports (by car) to all the cities we visit
All lunches and cookery lessons
Museum tickets and tour guides
Flight to and from Rome
Spa entry, massage and treatments (entry tickets is from 12 to 16 euro)
If you have any question please email us! firstname.lastname@example.org