Info: Tel. 0761.83201 (Municipality); 0761.820177 (Museum); Tel. 0761.832060 (Tourist Office); Fax 0761.832073
Gardens opening hours: (8.30 – 13.30) every day – (15.00 – 17.00) Tuesday and Thursday
See also: Rocca dei Papi, Museum of Architecture by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger
GARDEN OF THE FORTRESS OF THE POPES
HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION
Cardinl Pompeo Aldrovandi , bishop of Montefiascone around the middle of the eighteenth century , was responsible for the arrangement of a part of the garden of the episcopal palace in which were collected a hundred statues. The wall of enclosure was built about a century later at the request of the Archbishop Nicola Paracciani Clarelli . The garden was then rearranged after 1898, when the construction of the aqueduct that brought water from Cimino up to the water tank of the fortress was completed. A plaque on the front of the tank records this event. The gardens have a romantic appearance which immitates the arrangement of typical Italian gardens of this time. It has large paths that radiate from the central fountain. These avenues are bordered by evergreen hedges. The trees which border the entire garden, enclose the outlook from which you can enjoy the beautiful panorama; to the north is Tuscany with Mount Amiata and Lake Bolsena; to the west is the coast of northern Lazio and southern Tuscany; to the south are Viterbo and the Cimini Mountains; and to the east, in the distance, are the peaks of the Apennines of Umbria.
Garden of the Fortress of the Popes
Translation by Clare Kuntz, Goucher College, enrolled in the USAC Viterbo program.
G. Breccola – M. Mari, Montefiascone, Grotte di Castro 1979.
G. Breccola, Montefiascone. Guida alla scoperta, Montefiascone 2006.Montefiascone.