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From Rome: Private Tour to Orvieto and Caprarola with Lunch

1. From Rome: Private Tour to Orvieto and Caprarola with Lunch

The day's program spreads out in this way: at 8:00 a.m. the driver will meet you at the place you have indicated to meet and welcome you before departing in comfort to Caprarola. The road to this location is extra-urban and you will get to see the Latium countryside and its landscapes. Upon reaching Caprarola you will find yourself in the presence of the imposing Villa Farnese. This sumptuous mansion, built by the noble family that gives it its name, is one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture and has a peculiar pentagonal shape positioned above the town's built-up area. The interior is a veritable treasure trove with impressive artistic works that will leave you totally speechless, opening up a world of colors, images and glimpses that you do not expect. The guide's passion for this important monument will frame an interesting visit that will stimulate your curiosity. At the end of the visit, we will drive up for the second stop of the day, that is, to Civita di Bagnoregio or otherwise known as "the dying town." This hamlet in the municipality of Bagnoregio is located on high ground in the middle of a valley of gullies, which gives it a special evocative quality. It can be reached by a footbridge that connects the town to the parking lot. It is nicknamed the "dying town" as the weathering erosion is causing the decay of the village and the hills where it sits on. With your guide you will have the opportunity to take a walk through the alleys of Civita before settling down at the restaurant for lunch. With our energy restored and our stomachs full, we set off again on the last leg of this journey through upper Lazio and southern Umbria, reaching Orvieto. This fascinating city contains an incredibly rich underground of tunnels, caves, wells and Etruscan remains and a series of artistic works, the most important and famous of which is the Duomo. Of this rich heritage, together with your guide you will walk through the city streets to capture the atmosphere and colors and then visit two important pieces of this heritage, both underground: The Well of the Quarry and St. Patrick's Well (the latter we are sure will leave you speechless). At the end of the visits you will have some free time to continue freely visiting Orvieto before getting back into your car and returning to Rome

From Rome:Private Day Trip to Bracciano, Caprarola & Viterbo

2. From Rome:Private Day Trip to Bracciano, Caprarola & Viterbo

You'll begin your day with a private car transfer from your hotel to picturesque Bracciano, a warren of medieval alleys overlooking the crystalline waters of a volcanic lake. Bracciano is renowned for its truly spectacular castle, one of Italy's most thrilling Renaissance landmarks where jaw-dropping panoramic views and perfectly preserved frescoes are the order of the day. A world away from the chaotic bustle of Rome, Bracciano is the ideal tonic if you feel you need of a change of pace from the capital. After a stop for lunch in a traditional restaurant in the shadow of the castle’s ramparts, we’ll head to the equally fascinating town of Viterbo a little further to the north. Known as the Città dei Papi, it was here that the Popes called home when Rome was in the midst of urban decline in the 13th century. Relics of those distant glory years stud the sleepy historic centre today. Walk in the footsteps of the pontiffs through the echoing halls of the Palazzo dei Papi, whose elegant arched loggia is an architectural delight, and learn the bizarre tale of the longest papal conclave in history - resolved only after three years of deliberation when the locals resorted to removing the palace’s roof in order to be rid of the cardinals. A rich array of imposing churches, tinkling fountains and picture-perfect vine strewn alleys, Viterbo’s charming medieval quarter is one of the best preserved in all of Europe. The final stop on our tour through Tuscia is nearby Caprarola. Picturesquely nestled in a spectacular range of volcanic hills, Caprarola is home to the jaw-dropping Villa Farnese. A massive fortified palace dominating the surrounding countryside, the unique pentagonal design was the brainchild of Renaissance genius Antonio da Sangallo – forget the Arlington version, this pentagon was around 400 years before ground was broken at the DoD! The spectacular interiors are covered with incredible frescoes recounting the deeds of the Farnese clan, as well as extraordinary 16th-century world maps in the Sala del Mappamondo. The elegantly twisting central Scala Regia is one of the most stunning spiral staircases ever constructed, and the leafy gardens outside are a refreshing delight. The Villa Farnese in Caprarola is perhaps Italy’s single most impressive hidden gem, and is the perfect way to conclude this special off-the-beaten path itinerary. Afterwards your private driver will accompany you back to Rome, just an hour away but truly another world! Medieval towns, glittering lakes and magnificent Renaissance monuments - this special tour will take you to a magical part of Italy where art, culture and nature come together in wonderful harmony. Leave the tourist trail far behind and discover it with Through Eternity today!

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