The House of Borgia: one of the most influential and powerful dynasties to dominate Rome and parts of the Lazio region.
ART: PINTORICCHIO PAINTER OF THE BORGIAS.
This tour follows on perfectly from our Rome Borgia Walking Tour but can be appreciate equally on its own merits.
Travelling north from Rome along one of Ancient Rome's principle roads - the Cassia Way - you will arrive into rural countryside and an area famous for the strong presence of ceramic art dating back to the the time of Falerian tribes, circa 10th century BC. An important ceramics industry still thrives here today. After a leisurely refreshment break your first visit will be a private guided tour, by special arrangement, of the castle known locally as La Rocca (The Rock) and is where Lucretia lived with her husband and where her brother Cesare went into hiding. You will be climbing a Medieval tower ?? in height, which affords splendid panoramic views of the valley. Well known watercolourist, JMW Turner visited the area in the early 19th century and you can view his paintings and sketches of this precise area in the Tate, London. Following your tour you have the option to visit a small but interesting museum, housing a few artefacts discovered inside the castle, before a short drive to your next tour. This second fortress was designed by architect Sangallo the Elder, and Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) spent time here. You will be able to explore the secret Borgia tunnel and go up onto the battlements. Both forts are set on the edges of small charming towns, rich in Etruscan and Falerian history, which you will have chance to explore.
Because of the wonderful locations on this tour we can't help but talk a little about the ancient civilisations that once reigned here, which we believe will capture your imagination, with amazing and unique artefacts inside the castle's museum.
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CIVITA CASTELLANA - NEPI