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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Viterbo






The Villa Lante is somewhere we always enjoy visiting so when friends from the UK were here recently and expressed an interest, we were delighted to oblige. Of course it also meant I was able to take lots of photos in anticipation of this blog post.  


The Villa Lante consists of two nearly identical houses, Gambara and Montalto plus gardens that impress with water displays of fountains, cascades and sculptures. It is one of Italy's most famous mannerist style gardens, perfect in design with lots of detail.  Recently featured in a BBC programme with Monty Don - Italian GardensThe Villa Lante impressed him with its geometry and symmetry dating back to the 16th century.  Owned by the Cardinal Gambara in the late 16th century the garden was so stunning it had a dramatic effect on visitors. In fact Pope Gregory XIII was so amazed that he stopped the Cardinal Gambara's allowance because his garden was so lavish!
The two houses, gardens and the surrounding wooded parkland cover an area of twenty two hectares.
I will let my photos do the rest and the websites I have listed below are well worth visiting if you would like to learn more about the history of the Villa Lante
This is a photo I took in 2006 as when writing the post I discovered I did not have a recent photo of the two villas.
Interior Decoration of a ceiling
   






Remember clicking on the individual photos will enlarge them.
If you have enjoyed these photos I offer you the opportunity to view my entire album of photos in addition to the ones shared here in a slideshow format or as I know some of you prefer to do visit the album on Flickr.com  Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Viterbo.

Villa Lante - Slideshow

Location Map
How to Reach Villa Lante Bagnaia (4 Km from Viterbo):  Leave by car from Viterbo, Porta Fiorentia and take the road to Bagnaia. From the Piazza XX Settembre it is a short walk uphill along Via Jacopo Barozzi to the entrance of Villa Lante.  To park your car you should use the car park located under the bridge just after the railway, not far from the centre.
Information about opening hours and visits to Villa Lante:  The park entrance is free but there is a small admission charge to the gardens and fountains. Open every day except Monday. However, for confirmation and information tel.0761-288008 (ticket Villa Lante).

38 comments:

  1. So, so beautiful. Thank you for posting ~ Yollie

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  2. What a lovely place to visit! I am enjoying seeing Italy through your eyes.
    Penny

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  3. I always enjoy photos from Italy. The art and landscape is unmatched! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  4. Fabulous photos, Linda! Love your post!

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  5. Never heard of this beautiful place before!
    Ciao Linda, I do hope all is well with you, congratulations for your makeover, your house looks very cosy!
    Michela x

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  6. Wow this place is so beautiful and I am so enjoying the individual photos, I much prefer them to the collages. Maybe one day we will get to see this place for ourselves :) Diane

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  7. Oh! That first gate (or is it a window?) just
    took my breath away.....magnificent!
    Everything so fresh and blossomy (azaleas blooming in July..amazing!)
    Thanks for letting me tag along
    and soak in the sites
    alongside of you:)
    -Jennifer

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  8. Who needs Monty Don, when we have you, Linda?

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  9. Oh Linda, what gorgeous gardens!! No wonder you like visiting here. :-) I would happily stroll there for ages. :-)

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  10. Beautiful! I especially like the fountains.

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  11. What a great place. The nature and history go well. :)

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  12. Stunning photos of the house and gardens, Lindy, especially those of the ceiling and wall paintings and the one showing the box hedge design from the
    high perspective of the wooded terrace. Thank you for the tour and information on this post and on your Flickr album.

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  13. Lovely post, Linda. We have been to Viterbo but didn't even know of the existence of this beautiful place. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. stunning photos linda! i need to research how one reaches this place with public transport...

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  15. Excellent series of photos. Yes, I love them all a very nice place.
    Saludos.

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  16. Beauiful photos

    I loved them all.

    Have a great weekend.

    Fiona

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  17. What a glorious garden. How nice you can share it with your friend, and with us ;-)

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  18. This is all such breathtaking beauty. So nice that you live in the midst of it all!

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  19. Linda, how lovely and you know how I adore Italian gardens. Joe owes me a repeat trip to Italy one day. Now I am visiting the birds in the last post I do not know how I missed those. hugs, olive

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  20. Dear Linda, We have not been to Villa Lante even though we have been to Viterbo several times. Your beautiful photographs will have to do for now. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. What a beautiful place to visit, the gardens look stunning. You have got some really good pictures of it too. I really have to visit Italy some time - I've always wanted to. :))
    Have a great weekend.

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  22. Your blog always makes me want to visit Italy again. Beautiful pictures.

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  23. I thank you for taking so many photos and sharing them with us they are really beautiful. Those gardens are just amazing I would love to wonder through them........

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  24. I have read about Villa Lante but not yet been. I do love Italian gardens, and enjoy any chance to visit them. I have been to Villa D'Este, Tivoli near Roma and your pictures here do justice to what looks an amazing landscape of garden.

    Thank you for taking us with you.

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  25. A wonderful spot to visit Lindy! Spectacular gardens. By the way, I love your header shot with the fishing floats.

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  26. A super trip, Lindy.

    What a beautiful place. No wonder you like to show it off to your visitors.

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  27. Really enjoyed all of these shots! What amazing gardens and sculptings these are! Also love the fishermans nets on your header. I took lots of photos of nets the last time I was in Italy. Think they are beautiful! Have a great day!

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  28. Oooh, these images are beautiful. I especially love that hedge maze. Isn't it gorgeous?

    Sarahx

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  29. Wow , such a beautiful place & your pics are beautiful!Thanks for sharing.

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  30. lovely post, I adore the Italian landscape. Your photos are fantastic!
    Please forgive for being so slow in commenting the new posts. We are planning the wedding for our daughter and will be short of time till that is over in a couple of weeks.

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  31. Beautiful place ! I used to travel through Italy so many times and during such a long time that I don't remember all the places I have seen ! For almost 20 years each summer in Italy ! The first time I was there in 1964 spending a month in a family in Sicily in Messina (I was engaged to an Italian) at that time there were no tourists around and I could only go out with an old aunt as body guard who was armed with an umbrella to chase the boys away !

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  32. Beautiful post and a place I would love to visit if ever I get to Italy!!

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  33. How beautiful. I love that I get to see all these places thanks to your blog. One day, maybe I'll get to visit Italy, but until then thanks for sharing.

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  34. What an incredible place. I wish so much architecture was still like that...complete with paintings on the ceilings and statues. So beautiful...and in that beautiful setting too!

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  35. Beautiful, Linda! Thank you for sharing the link on my blog :)

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  36. What a fabulous place - I should add it to my 'to-see' list.

    Your garden photos look fab as always.

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  37. Beautiful photos! I've heard such wonderful things about Villa Lante, and now I'm regretting that I've never been there ... yet! I'll be there on my next trip to Italy. Thanks for the inspiration. I found your blog via Pinterest and am reposting on my site. Thank you!
    Karen

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