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© Villa Lante

© Villa Lante

© Villa Lante

© Villa Lante


Villa Lante

Bagnaia, Viterbo

Giardino storico
Partially wheelchair accessible
Pet not allowed


Amongst the villas, monumental complexes, historic dwellings and
castles present in the area of Viterbo, Villa Lante best interprets the
modern concept of the relationship between architecture and landscape-
environment, between buildings and nature.

The villa was conceived as a summer residence for the Bishops of
Viterbo and built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
for Cardinal Raffaele Riario, nephew of Pope Sisto IV della Rovere. It
is to the south of the mediaeval village of Bagnaia, on the slopes of
the Cimini mountains and connected to them by three roads which
converge at the main square. The park is now only partly connected
to the villa and was originally intended for hunting activities and

In 1566 Cardinal Gian Francesco De Gambara, fascinated by the place, commissioned the famous architect Jacopo Barozzi, known as il Vignola, for a project which would give form and originality to his idea. A thematic relationship exists between the park of Villa Lante and the formal garden, consisting of many fountains present in the park with elements sculpted in peperino stone and seats distributed throughout the 18 hectares allowing visitors to rest during a stroll.

The formal garden is surrounded by a boundary wall which skirts the
Roman road and by terraced walls towards the park. At the top of the Deluge Grotto on the same terrace, the Dolphin Fountain is surrounded
by high box hedges and peperino seats. The fountain known as ''of the Moors'' is divided into four basins which hold up a boat in the centre occupied by a warrior.

How to reach

By car
From the A1 exit Attigliano and continue on SP Bomarzese. Continue following the directions for SS675, exit Bagnaia-Montefiascone, and continue to Bagnaia.

Possibility of municipal outdoor parking

By plane
Distance from Leonardo Da Vinci Airport: 134 km

Visit tips

- Groups of up to 30 people, in addition to the guide, are permitted. The use of radio guidance systems (whisper) is recommended.
- The Giardino all'Italiana and the loggias of the Gambara and Montalto palaces are normally open.
- The Villa Lante Park is open to the public with free access, from Tuesday to Sunday, according to the hours indicated above. Dogs and meals are not allowed inside the Garden and Park due to their nature as monumental areas.

Visit duration: 2 h - 3 h

Visit tips: Comfortable shoes and water, drinks machine available inside.
Opening hours
January - February: 8:30 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m.
March: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
1-15 April: 8:30 - 18:30 a.m.
16 April - 15 September: 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
16 September - 31 October: 8:30 - 6:30 pm
November - December: 08:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Holiday opening hours from 1 November to 15 March: 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
(last admission 1:15 p.m.)

In the event of opening on a Monday because it coincides with a public holiday, the closure of the monument is postponed until the next useful day.

Closed on non-holiday Mondays, 25 December and 1 January
Full price: € 8.00
Children (18-25 years): € 2.00
Contact us
Via Jacopo Barozzi, 71
01100 Loc. Bagnaia (Viterbo)

T. +39 0761 288008
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