Walking around the places of the lynx

Acquasparta, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, hosted one of the most important figures on an international level during the Renaissance: Federico Cesi II Principe dei Lincei. Founder of the Accademia dei Lincei, still existing and operating today, Federico Cesi set as his goal to disseminate scientific knowledge, collaborating with the great names of the period such as that of Galielo Galilei, Gian Battista Dalla Porta, etc …

Acquasparta and its Palazzo Cesi hosted the first years of life of the Academy, the most difficult ones but, undoubtedly, the most productive ones. The village is littered with traces that tell the story of Federico and his Academy.


Duration: (including visit to Palazzo Cesi) 3 hours.

Palazzo Cesi
Sixteenth-century summer residence of the Cesi family, until the death Federico II Cesi, Prince of the Lincei and founder of the Accademia dei Lincei, the first scientific academy in the world, still operating.

Piazza Federico Cesi
The square in front of the Palazzo Cesi, tells, as in a map, the history of the Academicians who took part in the grandiose project of Federico Cesi in the early 1600s.

Church of San Giuseppe
The Church, which stands inside the Contrada di San Cristoforo, was built in the first half of the eighteenth century at the behest of the Confraternity of St. Joseph. Inside there are paintings and statues representing the figure of the Saint.

Proceeding through the narrow streets of Acquasparta you arrive at the square of rehearsals, an unexpected lookout overlooking the marvel of the Martani Mountains, a treasure trove of archaeological and landscape treasures related also to the ancient Umbrian people, also mentioned by Pliny the Elder.

For the alleys of Acquasparta
The alleys of Acquasparta preserve traces of the most flourishing historical period in which the town lived during the Renaissance period. It is the only country in the territory to have a small recognized Jewish ghetto that today gives its name to one of the districts that challenge each other during the annual “Festa del Rinascimento”

Church of SS. Sacramento (and small Diocesan Museum)
The church of SS. Sacramento, which rises not far from the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, today houses a rich diocesan museum and the parish archive.

Church of Santa Cecilia and tomb of Federico Cesi
The Basilica of Santa Cecilia is the main church of the town and houses, in one of its side chapels, the mortal remains of the Prince of Lincei, Federico Cesi. It is the center of the patronal festival that takes place every year on November 22nd.

Porta Vecchia
The old town gate, not far from the Madonna del Giglio, is the oldest access point to the village of Acquasparta. In the past it was equipped with a real door of which today only the old hinges remain.

This is the botanical garden of Federico il Linceo, the place where he used to study for his botanical research. It seems that right here, for the first time, he used “the eyepiece” sent to him by Galileo Galilei

Church of the Madonna del Giglio
The Church of the Madonna del Giglio, today still unusable due to the earthquake, was part of a reception complex. Laterally it is possible to see the inscription indicating the entrance to the shelter managed by the brotherhood of the Madonna del Giglio.

Public gardens
The public gardens, which accompany a shady walk along the walls of the village, were once the site of a real abandoned zoo in the second half of the twentieth century. Considered one of the main attractions of Umbria, it attracted numerous visitors from all over the region.

Main entrance
The main entrance to the village of Acquasparta, allows access to the Corso dei Lincei which then leads to the side entrance of the Palace and, subsequently, to the Piazza in front of it.

Medieval walls
The walls of the town tell the story of Altobello di Chiaravalle, a Guelph who wanted to enter the village, creating a breach in the eastern side. Altobello was stopped by the intervention of the papal troops, recalled by Lucrezia Borgia. The story goes that he was dragged to the main square of Acquasparta where the Sparrowhawk drew his heart from his chest.

Corso dei Lincei
It is the main street of the town, where the house of the painter Carlo Quaglia, an artist appreciated throughout the national territory, overlooks.


Duration: 4 hours

Palazzo Cesi
The home of Federico Cesi il Linceo, the place where, having escaped from his father’s oppression, he started the works of the Accademia dei Lincei.

Dunarobba Fossil Forest
One of the first essays ever published in the “oldest forest in the world” was written by the Accademia dei Lincei and strongly desired by Federico II Cesi. The author, Francesco Stelluti, tells of the metallofites, the fossils that are visible today in the forest park.

An experiential museum that tells of the evolution of the earth suitable for both adults and children who, thanks to interactive installations, can experience the geophysical changes of the planet in which they live.

Carsulae and Museum
Carsulae, an ancient Roman city, was part of the possessions of the Cesi family who, in fact, recovered some finds now preserved in some of the rooms of the Palace. The subject of new excavation campaigns, promoted by the Astra Onlus Association, Carsulae offers a vivid and interesting cross-section of a city lying on the Via Flaminia.

The Capital of the Terre Arnolfe, as well as the home of Angelo Cesi, who still belongs to the family, is a typical Umbrian village where to browse through the alleys that never cease to tell the past greatness.