Villa Lante in Bagnaia - a hamlet of Viterbo - with its eighteen hectares of park and formal garden, represents one of the greatest examples of 16th century green architecture. This supremacy was enshrined in the 2011 award of Italy's Most Beautiful Park.
In 1566, Cardinal Giovan Francesco De Gambara from Brescia, who had been appointed bishop of Viterbo, chose the medieval village of Bagnaia as his residence and began to transform the early 16th-century hunting reserve commissioned by Cardinal Riario into a veritable villa di delizia capable of competing in magniloquence with the most important cardinal's residences of the time, such as Villa d'Este in Tivoli and Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola.
The villa is characterized by the formal garden, with four terraces enriched by fountains and the water features, and two mansions richly decorated with frescoes and stuccoes. The entire architectural design is attributed to Tommaso Ghinucci.
Since 2022, the park has been reopened with the original rustic garden that looked like a diverse succession of groves and productive sectors, traversed by an articulated system of avenues enlivened by fountains and plant arrangements.
Villa Lante LIS Guide
Via Jacopo Barozzi, 71
01100 locality Bagnaia, Viterbo (VT)
January - February: 8:30am to 4:30pm
March: 8:30am to 5:30pm
April 1-15: 8:30am to 6:30pm
April 16 - September 15: 8:30am to 7:30pm
September 16 - October 31: 8:30am to 6:30pm
November - December: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Orari domenica e festivi dal 1 novembre al 15 marzo:
8:30 - 13:45, ultimo ingresso 13:15
In case of opening on a Monday because it coincides with a public holiday, the closing of the monument is postponed to the first next useful day.
Gambara and Montalto Palaces: starting March 15, Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., subject to compulsory reservation at 0761 288008 by the previous day (max. 15 people). Visits are by the staff on duty.
Full € 8.00
Reduced € 2.00 (18 to 25 years old), according to concessions provided for by the entry regulations to Italian places of culture, which can be consulted on the MiC website.
Since January 1, 2023, the ticket "Villa Lante - Viterbo Etruscan Museum Circuit" has been established and includes admission to Villa Lante and Rocca Albornoz National Etruscan Museum in Viterbo at the full price of €12.00. The ticket is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
Dal 1° novembre è attivo il servizio di e-ticketing sull'app "Musei Italiani", disponibile su Play Store e su App Store.
Groups of up to 30 people are allowed, in addition to the guide. The use of radio guide systems (whisper) is recommended.
The Italian Garden, the loggias of the Gambara and Montalto buildings are normally open
The Villa Lante Park is open to the public with free access, Tuesday to Sunday, according to the above hours. Inside the Garden and Park, by virtue of their nature as monumental areas, dogs and meals are not allowed.
Comfortable shoes and water, there are drinks machines inside.
By car: Autostrada A1 exit Attigliano and take the SP Bomarzese. Continue following directions for SS675 exit Bagnaia-Montefiascone continue towards Bagnaia.
By plane: distance from Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci airport: 134kms
Public parking outside.