Four kilometres away from Viterbo rises the ancient “Balnearia” (name probably from Longobardo origins) that became Bagnaia, renowend for the riches of water ways linked to the Viterbese life up to the dominian of the Duke Ippolito Lante della Rovere from which takes the name the splendid Renaissance Villa above represented, famous all over the world. The ancient small town conserves the typical structure of the early centuries, the cylinder tower and the ancient door.
Bagnaia sits on the ancient Francigena road , travelled over through the centuries by pilgrims, horsemen, merchants and soldiers.
The true magnificence of the small town is however the splendid Villa Lante realized in the second half of the 500's by Cardinal Gambara with its famous Italian style garden and the fountains with the water play movements. The garden is a continuous explosion of terraces, fountains and jets of water. It is considered one of the most famous and important complexes of Europe, and it has been chosen in the past for important and well-known meetings such as the Italian-French summit one in 1991 where Francois Mitterand and Giulio Andreotti were part of.