Prince Giovanni del Drago, a fond and competent garden lover, created a system of gardens on four different levels, reviving the spaces of a Renaissance palazzo towering over the medieval town, offering a splendid view of Lake Bolsena.

The palazzo was originally built by Tiberio Crispo, a powerful local governor connected to the Farnese family, who entrusted its design to Raffaello da Montelupo and Simone Mosca between 1541 and 1554. The austere structure is paired with refined elements such as the five arches of the Loggia Paolina (named after Pope Paul III Farnese who sojourned here), offering a sweeping view of the large volcanic lake. The scenographic openings of the architecture match the sumptuously furnished and decorated rooms with frescoes by Prospero Fontana, Perin del Vaga and Pellegrino Tibaldi, who were followers of Raphael. Records attest that the palazzo originally had an elevated garden and a second walled garden. The current layout was defined in recent years by Giovanni del Drago, whose family acquired the property in the 19th century. At the entrance we are greeted by a lovely garden with regular rose flowerbeds delimited by boxwood hedges and above all, a collection of hydrangeas in a range of splendid colours. The upper terracing presents a formal layout that despite its modest size recalls an Italian style garden, with knowingly trimmed plants and beautiful flowers. Two large potted boxwood plants are placed at the sides of a rustic wall niche with a statue inside it, while the space opposite it is structured around a circular basin with waterlilies growing on the water. The highest terrace is under a vine pergola. Refined furnishings, such as polychrome ceramic vases, add charm to this outdoor space.