Capranica lies in the historic area of Tuscia, which is the ancient name for Southern Etruria, the land of the Etruscans and the heartland of the greatest civilisation in pre-Roman and early Roman Italy (9th-3rd century BC).
Capranica gained influence starting from the beginning of the XIV century, when the powerful House of Anguillara settled in.
House of Anguillara - A noble and powerful family.
The chaotic situation caused by the move of the Papacy to Avignon in 1309 led the Anguillara family to move their headquarters in Rome and Capranica, where Orso dell'Anguillara, Senator of Rome, hosted in 1336 Francesco Petrarca, "Petrarch" a poet of Renaissance Italy considered the founder of Humanism and a cornerstone of Italian literature. Orso's mother was a member of the powerful Orsini, and married a member of the Colonnas, thus establishing the Anguillara as one of the most important Roman families.
"amator pacis sine bellorum metu, inter bella securus non sine pacis desiderio."
In 1336, at a time when the personal sense of hate boiled over in the Patrimony of the Church the most, Petrarch was a guest of Orso and his wife Agnese in the castle of Capranica where the poet described the count as a man "loving the peace, not afraid of war; brave at war but with the desire for peace. Second to none for hospitality, a good counselor, lovingly severe and rigidly kind towards his relatives, very familiar with Muses and an admirer of excellent talents."; it is certain that it didn't take long for the poet to bond with Orso, who was a man of outstanding culture and who seems to delight even in poetry.
Referring to Capranica Petrarca said: "a welcome stop for the healthiness of the air and the amenity of the landscapes, with springs, forests, caves, deep valleys and deers, flocks, countless birds, rich fruit trees, harvests and vineyards."
Small town Italy
Its convenient distance from Rome the Ethernal City (35mi), Viterbo the City of Popes (15mi) and other small villages like Sutri, Caprarola, Ronciglione, Bassano Romano e Civita di Bagnoregio with their unique landscapes, traditions and cultures make Capranica and The Home In The Stone the perfect vacation getaway.
La Dolce Vita
Federico Fellini shot in Capranica different scenes for his famous films Le Luci del Varietà (1950) and La Dolce Vita (1960). The village of Capranica in fact embodies, for a few eternal moments, in the director's films, the quintessence of the Italian landscape.
A journey of flavors
From The Home In The Stone you can start your journey and discover food and wine delicacies of the Tuscia region and taste traditional dishes as well as their reinterpretations by Michelin-starred restaurants and chefs that with their talents are boosting this wonderful territory like Danilo Ciavattini and La Parolina.
Pope's Baths Spring
Recover and relax during your stay at The Home In The Stone by visiting The Bullicame Spring a thermal sulfur water near Viterbo mentioned several times in Dante's Divine Comedy and Terme dei Papi a wellness and beauty center whose thermal baths with curative properties during medieval times were visited by a succession of popes.
The Ancient Beech Forests
The Forests of Cimini Mountains is one of the most magnificent and impressive woods in central Italy and one of the rarest examples in Europe of "ancient forest" declared by UNESCO, July 7, 2017, World Natural Heritage Site. Inside the beech forest are practiced many sports, including: hiking, running and mountain biking. The beech forest has been the set of some famous films, including Il Marchese del Grillo (1981) and Armata Brancaleone (1966) by Mario Monicelli.
The Via Francigena
The Via Francigena, the medieval pilgrimage route that in the Middle Ages connected the English city of Canterbury, through Switzerland and France, to Rome, runs next to the walls of Capranica and still today is visited by many pilgrims and wayfarers.
Lake Vico is a volcanic lake located in the middle of the Cimini Mountains and a protected Natural Reserve. A popular destination in both summer and winter. Canoeing and horse riding are just some of the activities available.