You can discover an absolute jewel of architecture – the Palace Farnese – in the tiny village of Caprarola, 50 km north of Rome, which is with no doubt one of the most important late Renaissance residences in Europe.
Built as a summerhouse by the Pope Paolo III’s nephew, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, this imposing and stately octagonal palace was the centre of a refined court.
Visiting Palazzo Farnese is like exploring the scenery of XVI century power. The circular staircase brings you to the enchanting frescoes in the long sequences of spaces associated with grandeur. The monumental garden, a roman invention of the XVI century, is well preserved. A pleasant walk leads to the ‘secret garden’, near the forest.
You can enjoy lunch on the lake of Vico.