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In the morning meeting with the guide for the visit of the “City of the Popes” that preserves a rich historical and artistic heritage and a still intact medieval quarter, among the most beautiful and authentic in Europe: the Popes Palace, the Cathedral and the splendid Piazza S. Lorenzo with the ancient palaces, the original profferli with the typical arrangement of the XII-XIII century. Due to its particularity, this district continues to be chosen as a set for many films and commercials. In the afternoon transfer to Bagnaia, which was for a long time a holiday resort for noble lords and important prelates. Guided tour of Villa Lante, commissioned by card. Giovanni Francesco Gambara designed by Vignola, a splendid example of a 16th century residence, enriched by the wonderful Italian Gardens with fountains and water features. We continue with a brief stop at the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Quercia designed by Giuliano Sangallo, which preserves precious works such as the Terracotta by Andrea della Robbia, the great Baroque organ, the inlaid coffered ceiling designed by Antonio Sangallo the Younger and the marble temple that guards the Quercia and the miraculous image of the Madonna with the Child.
Second Day: Excursion TARQUINIA e TUSCANIA
Departure for Tarquinia, a splendid city that has always been the emblem of the Etruscan civilization, of which it was one of the most important centers. Meeting with the guide for a walk in the historic center to admire the splendid facades of the buildings, the numerous Romanesque churches and the original urban layout. In the afternoon guided tour of Tuscania with the Churches of San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore. The first, erected in Romanesque-Lombardic forms from the majestic and solemn interior, contains important frescoes, mosaics, marble columns of Roman origin. The nearby Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, also in Romanesque style, preserves works of inestimable value.
Third Day: VITERBO / Escursione BOLSENA, CAPODIMONTE e il LAGO
Departure for Bolsena. Meeting with the guide for a walk in the picturesque old town, with a visit to the Church of S. Cristina from the 4th century, to the Grotta della Santa which preserves the stone with its imprint and to the Chapel of the Eucharistic Miracle, with the stones bathed in the blood of the SS. in the miracle occurred in 1263. In the afternoon transfer to Capodimonte, a small fishing village perched on the promontory in the lake of Bolsena. Free time for a walk along the tree-lined avenue that runs along the beach, in the characteristic port or going up to the ancient village to the square in front of Palazzo Farnese from which great views open up over the lake. Following excursion by boat (min 15 participants, duration about 1 hour) for a panoramic tour without stops with historical information about the Bisentina Island, the Martana Island, the Lactaberic town of Marta and the Promontory of Capodimonte.
Fourth Day: VITERBO – ORVIETO
Departure to Umbria. Arrival in Orvieto and meeting with the guide for visiting the city overlooking a wide panorama. To those approaching from the outside it gives the impression of being carved on the summit of that high cliff. Emerging, in this profile of a perched city, the great bulk of the Gothic Cathedral that dominates houses, palaces and churches. The ancient Etruscan capital, destroyed by the Romans, re-emerged more beautiful than before to become the city of the Popes together with Perugia and Viterbo.