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Castello Ruspoli di Vignanello

Vignanello, Viterbo

Pet Friendly
Partially wheelchair accessible
Wi-Fi Area
Historic garden
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Contact

Piazza della Repubblica, 9
01039 Vignanello (VT)

Tel. e fax +39 0761 755338
Mob +39 328 2038776

GPS coordinates:
Latitudine: 42.384176
Longitudine: 12.280485

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Openings

From 17 April until mid-November
every Sundays and public holidays: 10am - 1pm and 3pm - 6pm

15 July - 31 August
the visit is possible only by booking for groups of 15 people minimum

From March to Mid-November, during the week, the gardens are open only for the groups by reservation

Prices

Adults: € 10,00
Concessions (groups over 25 people): € 8,00
Schools: € 6,00

How to reach
By car
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.

By plane
Dostace from the International Airport of Rome Leonardo Da Vinci: 120 km

History

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.


Sofia Varoli Piazza

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