Capodimonte

At about forty km from the B&B Farm of the Mulberries we find the ancient suburb castled on a promontory in the southern part of the lake of Bolsena: Capodimonte. It rises at the feet of the complex of the Vulsini mountains and on the rests of the ancient Bisenzio, Etruscan city. Heir of the ancient city umbro-etrusca "Vesentum", was destroyed and conquered by the Romans in 280 B.C. and refounded with the name of "Visentium."It becomes town hall and then diocese with the Christianity up to when the Lombard destroyed it and the population looked for shelter in the surer zones forming the native crib of Capodimonte, subsequently incorporated in the Ducato di Farnese (1385).

The history of this town is tied up to the stories of "Giulia la Bella", alias Giulia Farnese, sister of pope Paolo III, that withdrew and died after long punishments of love.

The most important monument, situated in the tallest zone of the country, it the Building Farnese, known also with the name of "Fortress", that dominates, on the volcanic rock-cliff, the whole district offering a panoramic sight. The construction was decided by the Farnese on a sketch of Antonio Sangallo il Giovane and restructured during the XVI century, it was the residence of historical characters like of Alexander VI, Giulio II, Leo X, Paul III, as well as sovereigns and artists.

We recommend the visit of the churches named: di Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo,, close to building Farnese, decorated with stupendous arcs and Santissimi Giacomo e Cristoforo, besides an excursion on the Bisentina island (driven tour in motorboat with departure and arrival to the port), distant 3 kms from Capodimonte, and finally on the island of Martana, carved in the tuff. Also interesting Borghese building, building Poniatowski, called the "Palazzaccio" and the archeological park of Bisenzo mountain. We also suggest to taste the good wine of the place, denominated "Cannaiola."

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Dintorni

• Orvieto
• Antonio da Sangallo il giovane
• Tour di due giorni
• Lago di Vico
• Lago di Bolsena
• Il Bagnaccio
• Tarquinia
• San Casciano dei Bagni
• Tuscia
• Saturnia
• Pienza - Poggibonsi
• Montefiascone
• Lago di Orvieto
• Civita di Bagnoregio
• Dunarobba
• Castello di Sismano
• Capodimonte
• Viterbo