Piazza della Repubblica, 9
01039 Vignanello (VT)
Tel. e fax +39 0761 755338
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From April to December: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
In August opened by reservation
10:00am / 1:00pm - 3:00pm/ 6:00pm
10:00am / 1:00pm - 2:30pm / 5:00pm
Opening hours and days may change, depending on the events held in the castle
Guided tour of the Castle + visit to the Park and the Historic Garden
Adults and Children (over 13 years): 10,00
Groups (over 25 people): 8,00
Children (6-13 years): 6,00
Children (0-5 years): free admission
Schools (students and teachers): 6,00
(1 free teacher every 15 students)
Individual visit (Park and Historic Garden): 6,00
How to reach
From Milan / Rome: Highway A1 exit Orte continue for Vasanello and then Vignanello.
From Rome: Cassia Bis exit Civita Castellana continue on Cassia Cimina direction toward Caprarola Factory-Rome-Vignanello.
On the train
From Roma Termini Rail Station you can take all trains to Florence, Ancona, Terni and Viterbo or from Piazzale Flaminio Rail Station Linea Roma Nord train to Civita Castellana-Viterbo, Vignanello stop.
Dostace from the International Airport of Rome Leonardo Da Vinci: 120 km
The history of Vignanello dates back to 853, when the Benedectine monks erected a citadel on the site. Destroyed at a later date, the citadel was rebuilt as a military stronghold.
On the death of Beatrice Farnese, the first feudatory of Vignanello, it was presented to her daughter, Ortensia Baglioni.
On the occasion of her marriage to Sforza Marescotti, a courtier at the papal court, the stronghold was transformed into a more comfortable villa.
Following generations, and in particular Ottavia Orsini, the wife of Ortensia's nephew, Marcantonio Marescotti, oversaw the creation of the wonderful Italian garden, to this day regarded as one of the most beautiful Italian parterres, at the centre of which one finds a huge basin surrounded by a balustrade: a perfectly rectangular space crossed by four avenues and subdivided into twelve aligned parterres, composed of mixed hedges of bay, laurel, and box.
Lower box hedges go to form patterns within the frames thus created, tracing also the initials of Ottavia Orsini and her sons, Sforza and Galeazzo, in the central beds.
Today garden and castle alike are lovingly cared for by princesses Claudia and Giada Ruspoli (the family took the name Ruspoli in 1704), who are slowly restoring the place to its antique splendour.
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