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TUSCIA 2019 – New departures


It is a perfect escape from the city and from the tourist spots, whether you are relaxing and enjoying the Arts, nature, lakes or natural spas or tasting new food and wine it is the perfect place to interact with locals.

Green landscapes and enchanting medieval villages characterize the zone of Tuscia and its capital, Viterbo. It’s an oasis of good food and relaxation, situated amidst the legacies of the Etruscans and the Via Francigena, where the rhythms of life from the mountains to the sea are dictated by nature and the age-old customs of peasant life...

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Here below some of the places, we will discover during the language trip in Tuscia. There are more and more…

VITERBO The City of Popes with its famous Palazzo dei Papi and the intact medieval quarter of San Pellegrino. Viterbo is a quiet 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”

TERME AND SPAS The province of Viterbo is characterised by the presence of various thermal springs. The most famous of these for its mythological and literary characteristics as well as its therapeutic properties is Bullicame which provides water to different open-air swimming pools and spas.  The hyperthermal waters flow from the Bullicame spring in a large quantity and at a temperature of 58 °C. This spring also provides water for a huge pool measuring over 2,000m2 which can be found at the famous Terme dei Papi. These waters which differ in composition and application allow for a large number and variety of therapeutic uses…  learn more 

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…learn more 

Palazzo Farnese in CAPRAROLAThe 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 goldstone; buttresses support the upper floors. As a centrepiece 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. The 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! learn more 

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 heartbroken 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 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. Learn more 

VILLA LANTE IN BAGNAIA One of Italy’s greatest Mannerist gardens. Villa Lante features cascades, fountains and dripping grottoes. is one of the most important buildings dating from the 1500s in Italy when catching sight of the splendid park filled with artistic fountains and the beautiful Italian-style gardens. Situated at the end of the medieval town of Bagnaia the villa occupies an area measuring 20 hectares. The town is quite charming as are all small towns in the Tuscia area, but what makes it unique and extraordinary is the villa with its frescoed buildings and breathtakingly beautiful park. Watch the video with Monty Don in his journey in Villa Lante…

TARQUINIA, the Etruscan capital near the Tyrrhenian Sea. In 2004, the Necropolis was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it hosts an exceptional monumental cycle of painted tombs described as “the first chapter in the history of great Italian painting”. It is the largest necropolis in the area around the ancient Etruscan city of Tarquinia, comprising more than 6,000 underground Etruscan tombs that completely cover the extensive hill of Monterozzi...learn more 

TUSCANIA: the ancient southern Etruria.The city of art in the province of Viterbo, one of the most beautiful landscapes of Tuscia. Tuscania has 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 bishoprics 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….learn more 

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