A Palace to discover in the historic center of Bolsena
The palace has a complex structure that develops to half a hectare in the historic center of Bolsena, on different levels and levels. It presents a mighty north façade that dominates the entrance to the town while to the south it merges with the other architectural structures. Inside the building holds important frescoes by Prospero Fontana, frescoed loggias, halls, galleries, a chapel, an important library, terraces with views towards Lake Bolsena, hanging gardens and a park of 2.500m2 cured with different types of plants, flowers and vegetable gardens.
The palace was built around the 1520 by will of the Cardinal Tiberio Crispo, governor of Bolsena and very close to the Farnese family and to Pope Paul III. An entire loggia was even dedicated to the Pope, the Paolina loggia, which has the papal coat of arms and the Farnese lily on the wooden ceiling. The architectural project was curated by Simone Mosca. Starting from the 1600 the building passes to Spada family who owns it until 1890, when Maria Angelica Spada Veralli marries Ferdinando del Drago. Since then the property passes to the princes of the Dragon. After the Second World War, a period in which the building was abandoned, the structure has suffered important restructuring and artistic restoration works by the Drago family.
Tours of the Villa
Palazzo del Drago is can be visited upon reservation, 10 euro per person (minimum 10 people)