Map of Villas of the Papal NobilityLoad map
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I have visited only two components of the series: Palazzo Farnese and Villa Lante (photo), both in Viterbo municipality, and my impression was very positive. Thus, I am planning to visit other Villas of the series in the future. However, I have not yet visited other (already WHS) ensambles of renaissance and baroque villas in Italy around Florence and Vicenza. Therefore, to get the complex opinion if it deserves the WHS status or not, I should fill this gap and travel a bit more in Veneto, Tuscany and Lazio countryside...
I like the Lazio region in general and Viterbo in particular, because it is full of exceptional historical monuments but it is not so touristy as its northern neighbours (Tuscany&Umbria). Both Villas that I visited are located in hilly lanscape of Viterbo region. I admired not only the lanscape, and architecture of the Villas, but also gardens around them. Especially the garden around Villa Lante is amazing. What is also very interesting and typical for Viterbo region is the water management with a lot of fountains and basins (though not even TWHS, the Fontana Grande in Viterbo is just wonderful!).
In my opinion, the Villas are worth-visiting and I could feel the OUV there.
Includes former TWHS Villa Di Caprarola (Farnese) and Villa Lante in Bagnaia (1984)
Includes former TWHS Papal Residence of Viterbo (1984-1996)
2006 Added to Tentative List
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