Caprarola

Dominated by the imposing size of Palazzo Farnese, the town is one of the most significant examples of the 16th century. The ancient medieval village is crossed by a spectacular straight road that climbs from the foot of the hill climbing over ravines, partly filled and partly overcome by 2 bridges until reaching the square. It is Via Nicolai, on whose sides there are some noble palaces of the late 16th or 17th century, and which divides the village into two districts (the Corsica district on the left and the Sardinia district on the right).

Via Nicolai, which crosses Piazza Marconi, arrives in the square in front of Palazzo Farnese, a majestic residence designed by Jacobo Barozzi da Vignola at the behest of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, re-adapting a pre-existing fortress designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger.

The Palace is one of the most significant examples of late Renaissance culture and with the park and its sumptuous halls, once a meeting place for writers, nobles and musicians are definitely worth a visit. Beyond the Farnesian stable, over the bridge you reach the church of S. Teresa, where you can admire some paintings by Guido Reni, Giovanni Lanfranco and Alessandro Turchi called il Veronese.

Much of the territory’s economy is governed by agriculture and, in particular, by the cultivation of hazelnuts. The Viterbo area is, in fact, the largest producer of hazelnuts in Italy, thanks to the technological development that has been acquired in all stages of production and processing. The last week of August Caprarola hosts the “Sagra della Nocciola” with tastings, events and the palio delle contrade. Caprarola is an excellent starting point for an excursion to Lago di Vico, which can be reached by taking the Cimina road.

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