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Ferento Estate

 

The Tenuta di Ferento seems to extend as far as the horizon. You can see a lot of different crops: wheat, maize, sugar beet, and what will become a wonderful field of sunflowers in summer. The large expanse of 14,000 trees covering almost half of this land constitute its greatest resource: olive trees.

Walking around the Ferento estate you suddenly catch sight of the magnificent Teatro di Ferento, discovered in the early 20th century and completely revealed by King Gustav of Sweden in the 1960s and 70s. 
At the Rocca Albornoz national museum, in Viterbo, there is the complete reconstruction of the theatre, with the very beautiful statues of the nine muses and photographs of the excavations. The majesty of the Roman ruins, which are very well preserved, can be experienced in full during the summer theatre performances held outdoors. It is wonderful to sit down and watch a performance at a Roman theatre immersed in a timeless country setting!

The Villa Rossi Danielli within the Ferento Estate is an old residence governed by cordiality, history, attention to detail and a magical atmosphere. You get to it through a gate and passing the cypresses, oaks and olive trees. The scents of sage, rosemary, basil and lavender reach your nose at the entrance to the farmhouse.


This small relais next to the villa has been completely restored respecting its rural origins, and furnishings refer to the original use of the house. Materials used are natural and prized: terracotta floors, the handles and lampshades made from wrought iron, table tops from marble. 

In the winter you can entertain friends in the large lounge heated by the fireplace, in the summer the favourite meeting place is the garden. The farmhouse has its own green area, with pine trees, lime trees, a small lemon grove and a large lawn.

You can visit different places in this area surrounding the Ferento Estate. Each tour is one day long and the destination follow a theme or aspect of its art and culture.

Farnese Palace

Designed by Antonio da Sangallo il giovane in the XVI Century, the town represents the power of the Farnese family and this influence over Caprarola. The palace was conceived as a fortress (exagonal plan, five defensive bastions on is corners and a moat). The rooms divide the buiding into two differents areas: the summer one situated to the North whilst, the winter one faces the west. The servant stairs, within the inner walls of the buiding, were designed to avoid any contact with the main rooms; the underground area, leading to the yard, allowed coaches and carriages to go in and out of the palace. On the ground floor there are frescoes: in the "Season Hall" the myth of Jupiter is portrayed and the Guards' Room (by Federico Zuccari) leads to the circular yard. The upper floor (for the nobility) is divided into two appartments. The winter one contains the Cardinal's bedrooms must not be missed and whose walls describe the history of the Farnese family through its wonderful frescoes.

Villa Lante

Villa Lante is one of the most important italian buildings of the XVI century. It contains wonderful lacunars, with stuccoes and frescoes portraying Villa d'Este, Farnese Palace, the Palace of Capodimonte and Villa Lante in its original state. The other villa is Palazzina Montalto, named after the Cardinal who authorized its contruction, it was completed at the end of the XVI century and is decorated with frescoes painted by several artists and marvellous lacunars. The lodges are placed symmetrically on the edges of a terrace inside Villa Lante. The paintings on the walls on the arcade portray the landscape of Caprarola with Farnese Palace and Villa del Barco. Next to these we can see the wiews of Villa d'Este and Villa Lante of Bagnaia, enriched by mythological figures and constellations above the buildings. The garden is designed from a central axis emphasized by a border containing running water. In the centre of the garden there is a majestic fountain with the Montalto symbol held up by the "Quattro Mori" which were created by Giambologna.

 

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