Visit and discover the amazing Farnese Palace at Caprarola, one of the most important examples of Renaissance architecture in Italy. You can witness the famous “Royal Stairs” and walk through the beautiful gardens before sitting down for a local lunch
- Walk through an authentic Renaissance building
- View superb paintings of a mannerist style
- Walk through the beautiful gardens of Italian middle-age style
- See the “Room of the World Map” and the “Royal staircase”
The Farnese Palace is situated directly above the town of Caprarola, dominating its surroundings. Caprarola has always been an expression of Farnese’s power and the palace is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture. You will be able to walk the spiral staircase called Scala Regia or the “Royal Stairs” and see the Piano dei Prelati floor, which leads to the broad terrace.
You can witness the amazing frescoes of the winter suite, the famous “Room of the World Map” or “Sala del Mappamondo”, displaying the world as it was in 1574 when the frescoes were completed. Gaze at the depiction of the continents on one side of the wall while the wall opposite the planisphere is devoted to the lands where Christianity and the church originated, Judea and Italy.
The Royal Staircase is next and is already being hailed as a masterpiece of Vignola’s, having been imitated several times throughout history. The most original aspect of the structure is its helicoidal structure inspired by Bramante’s great “snail” in the Vatican. The gardens of the villa are as impressive as the building itself, a significant example of a Renaissance Italian garden. They sit behind the palace and are divided into a winter garden and summer garden. A walk through the chestnut woods leads to the “giardino segreto”, or secret garden, with its 28 statues. At the end of your tour it will be possible to have lunch in the Caprarola city center, where you can taste authentic, local food.
Duration: 7.5 hours
Tour starts: 08.45 AM or on request
Pick-up: : until 30 min your ship’s arrival approx.
- Pick-up and drop off from Civitavecchia harbour
round trip shared transfer
- Entrance ticket to the Renaissance Residence
- Lunch in Caprarola
Additional services on request: additional stops in Tuscania,
We suggest to wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat to protect yourself from the sun and an umbrella to procet you from the rain. Remember that is not permitted to visit churches in shorts, miniskirts or uncovered shoulders. The tour can be changed without notice due to weather and traffic. Visitors could be asked an ID/Passport for security reasons, please make sure you have a valid one with you