The village of Acquasparta, Palazzo Cesi and the places of the Lincei
Getting to the village of Acquasparta means immersing yourself in the Renaissance atmosphere that still permeates the air today.
After crossing the imposing gate of the village and having walked along the Corso dei Lincei, where the famous painter Carlo Quaglia appears, you reach the square in front of Palazzo Cesi, the sixteenth-century residence of the Duchi Cesi family, originally from Rome. moved to Acquasparta thanks to an exchange with the Farnese to whom the territories of Alviano ceded. It stands on an ancient fortified fortress that has been destroyed and, despite having been plundered over the years, still retains the frescoes and marvelous coffered ceilings that decorate both the private and the noble floors. Today it is home to an experiential museum thanks to which it is possible to immerse yourself in the history of Federico II and his Accademia dei Lincei.
Continuing towards the alley in front of the door of the Palace it is possible to visit the Church of San Giuseppe, where paintings and statues of relative importance are preserved. The Church, located in the district of San Cristoforo and from its entrance you can see the back of the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, built a little further on.
The Basilica, which is worth a visit, preserves the remains of the Prince of Lincei.
In front of the Basilica there is the Church of the SS. Sacramento, site of the current parish museum where the family tree of the Cesi family and the finding of a mosaic from Carsulae are preserved, among other things.
Going down Via Galileo Galilei, we arrive at the Porta Vecchia, the oldest entrance to the city where the Church of the Madonna del Giglio rises and, a little further on, the Viridarium.
The latter was the botanical garden of the Duca Cesi, who loved to spend his time here studying botany, thanks to the aid that Galilei had sent him in friendship: the eyepiece, or telescope.
Returning to the city center, along the public gardens of the village, it is possible to reach the Church of San Francesco, strongly desired by Cardinal Matteo Bentivenga d’Acquasparta and also mentioned in the 12th canto of Dante’s Paradise.
Entering the pedestrian path next to the Church you can reach the Amerino Park, where you can drink water from the source. The Park, currently in the maintenance phase, cannot be visited.