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History and Tourism

The name, somewhat unique, offers two different interpretations, both probable: some stems from the numerous charcoal, Be fruitful thanks to the thick forests, according to others comes from the Carbones, powerful landowners. Surrounded by high hills and protected by the Monti Cimini, owes its foundation to the Etruscans of which traces remain in the surrounding area. Visitors to Carbognano is immediately attracted by the Farnese Castle in the medieval village, gift from Alexander VI to Orsino Orsini husband of Giulia Farnese. It seems it should be indeed the latter transformations of the old fortress in the castle itself. The rest of the castle is not the only attraction of this verdant city tuscanica, as will anyone going to visit it. Thousand year the village was owned by the abbey of Farfa while, in the Middle Ages, suffered the succession of different feudal lords, all with the same intent to break free from subjection to the Papal States. The most dangerous were undoubtedly the Di Vico and Anguillara that, always fighting with each other and with the Church, with what was until Pius II, in 1462, not entrusted the castle to Count Christopher Carbognano and then to Pietro Paolo Nardini. With Alexander VI the estate passed to the beautiful Giulia Farnese, wife of Orsino Orsini and lover of the Pope. Under the leadership of Julia the country benefited from many urban and architectural improvements: you must to her the construction of the Church of Santa Maria and the Baron's Palace. Carbognano remained in the Duchy of Castro until 1649, when it was confiscated by the Church. Urban VIII with the country became Principality and submitted to the government of the Colonna.

Things to see:

The landscape, through hills covered with vineyards and olive trees, slopes gently from the smaller hills of the Cimini, Volsini and Sabatini, covered with forests of chestnut, oak, beech and hornbeam, the coastal area of Maremma, dressed in green mantle of the Mediterranean. The volcanic origin of the territory of the province of Viterbo is revealed only by the conformation of the two largest lakes, that of Bolsena and Vico, by the presence of water sources sulphurous spa. Spas exist in Viterbo and many are in fact the remains of Roman baths throughout. Lava stones as tuff, reddish, or tuff, a dark gray, alternate in a nice contrast that characterizes the entire landscape, and that we find among the ancient walls of the historic centers of Viterbo. A Carbognano is an interesting Center for Contemporary Art at the site of the former Church of Santa Maria, a great environment to the classroom in the heart of the country that, for years desecrated, preserves the signs of the function that was used during the time. In this large empty space, artists exhibit and work in collaboration with each other or independently managing the shared area. The center was inaugurated conuna exhibition of two artists: Anna and Marina Ajò Paris. The first has chosen to live in Carbognano and here he made a monographic exhibition braided to living tissue of the place, which has rediscovered memories by putting them in dialogue with their own. The youngest Marina Paris has exhibited both in space inside the center and outdoor, projecting images on the facade of the Castello Farnese.

What to buy:

Chestnuts, Wine

How to reach from Sans Soucis Relais & Spa:

Through Provincial Road 1 / SP1 and Provincial Road 67 / SP67 - distance of 10.7 km - drive time 15 min.