The delightful little village of Capodimonte is situated on a volcanic headland overlooking lake Bolsena. Paulus III tried to conquer also the eastern side of the lake with Montefiascone, because this would have given him control of the Via Cassia the most important route to Rome from the north. He had to content himself with Capodimonte, where he built another palace.
At the end of 1600 Capodimonte became part of the “Stato of the Church” and from 1870 in Italy’s reign. Because of its panoramic beauty it became a popular holiday place for noble families, cardinals and popes. The family Farnese were the ones that fell in love with this Beautiful “Borgo”, nominating it as their favourite dwelling place for summer holidays together with the Bisentina island.
The important sites to see are: the Ottagonal castle, located at the top of the village and surrounded by a typical Italian garden famous for its design, the Comunale Palace, the Cascina with the stables of Farnese Palace and the Bisenzio necropolis.