On the shores of Lake Bolsena
On an ancient promontory of Lake Bolsena, in the province of Viterbo, Capodimonte is a delightful small town full of surprises. It stands in the heart of Tuscia, amid picture-perfect landscapes.
The Rocca Farnese castle stands on a volcanic rocky spur overlooking the lake and is the oldest Farnese residence still standing and open to visitors. The fortress is surrounded by ancient trees, exotic plants, palm trees and oleanders. Built in the 15th century, it has hosted popes, artists and politicians. In the early 17th century, it was home to Petrus Gonsalvus and Catherine, said to be the real people that inspired the story told in Beauty and the Beast.
Capodimonte also boasts an equipped beach with dark sand. You can relax here in the shade of the plane trees, sheltered from the heat of long summer afternoons. There are plenty of refreshment facilities where you can enjoy a tasty lunch or even just a coffee.
Various festivals, processions and events are organised that retrace the history of the area. Don’t miss the feast day of Saint Anthony Abbot, patron saint of domestic and farmyard animals, which falls on 17th January. Traditionally, the celebration includes the blessing of all four-legged friends. This is followed by the lighting of the large bonfire and the sharing of bruschetta topped with the delicious local olive oil.