Bagnaia is a suburb of Viterbo and is especially famous because of the presence of the Villa Lante. The 12th century Madonna del Rosario Church is also worth a visit.
A brief history of Bagnaia
Bagnaia started its existence as a castle, around which a settlement developed. The original part was built on a rocky outcrop with steep cliffs, which meant that one could only enter from one side, which was protected by solid walls. The only entrance is the gate next to the round tower.
Bagnaia was founded before the year 1000, but was never independent. First it was controlled by German princes, then it came under the municipality of Viterbo and later still under the power of bishops.
It was only when the Villa Lante was built in the Renaissance period, that Bagnaia began to expand beyond the city walls.
Bagnaia (Viterbo) tourist attractions
Bagnaia‘s biggest attraction is the Villa Lante, with a large number of interconnected fountains.
Other sights are the Madonna del Rosario Church and the Fontana dei Mori.
The Madonna del Rosario Church already existed in the 12th century. Its present architecture is the result of a restoration in 1755. There are several 15th century frescoes inside the church. The “Madonna del Rosario” above the main altar is by the local artist Calisto Calisti and was completed in 1656.