Caprarola is a town in the province of Viterbo, in the Lazio region of central Italy. The village is
situated in a range of volcanic hills known as the Cimini Mountains.
The town is home to the large Renaissance mansion or villa which dominates the surrounding
country-side, Villa Farnese. Not to be confused with the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, it was initially
built as a fortress, as the town and the surrounding area was a feud of the House of Farnese, by
the cardinal Alessandro Farnese senior in 1530, according to a project of the architect Antonio da
Sangallo the Younger. After only four years the project came to a halt when the cardinal was
elected pope in 1534 under the name Paul III.