Tranquility in a Natural Reserve
An unspoiled gem in Lazio, the Lago di Vico is a delightful natural reservoir that is a perfect place to escape the summer heat in Rome. The water is fresh, clear, and calm making it perfect for swimming – you can also rent paddle-boats, kayaks and canoes if you are more adventurous. The area is famous for its wildlife, including numerous bird species and an extensive beech forest. There are many scenic trails in the Natural Reserve with beautiful vistas of the lake and you can enjoy lunch by the lake at the picnic tables the lie along the black sand beaches.
Be sure to visit the 16th century Palazzo Farnese in the nearby town of Caprarola, one of the finest examples of Renaissance and Mannerist architecture. Built in an unusual pentagon shape, it was an expression of power of the wealthy Farnese family. The gardens are as note-worthy as the villa itself and in fact influenced the gardens of the Villa d’Este at Tivoli.
If you visit this area during carnevale, go to the town of Ronciglione which is famous for its carnival parade featuring traditional floats, the Ussars race (a race of horses with no riders), the Red Noses parade, and more. The festivities make for a lively atmosphere!
Ristorante Fiorò in Ronciglione which serves elegant cuisine and is situated along the lake.
Address: Via dei Noccioleti 16
La Bella Venere (which is also a hotel), Riva Fiorita, Fioro’ and Lido dei Pioppi all offer excellent cooking, rich in local produce and traditions.
The agriturismo Casale Zuccari in Caprarola, only 6kms from the lake, is an excellent stay and surrounded by nature.
Address: Loc. Ficuccia s.n.c
Also very good are the B&B Nostra Signora del Lago, Hotel Sans Soucis and the Agriturismo La Valle di Vico or, if you prefer camping, the Camping Natura.
Take the Cassia all the way to Lago di Vico, following roadsigns for Ronciglione and then Viterbo.