Caprarola is overlooked by the imposing Villa Farnese, built in the 16th century. Alessandro Farnese made it his base, giving the town a unique architectural identity. With its frescoed interiors, the magnificent helical staircase that Alessandro Farnese would ride up and down on horseback, the Sala del Mappamondo with its maps depicting the world as it was then known, the Sala degli Angeli with its unique echo and the magnificent Italian-style garden, the Villa is a gem that is not to be missed. To make the most of the view, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola built Via Dritta, today Via Nicolai, a long sloping street which peters off into the distance and has the effect of slicing the town in two. It divided the Medieval town into two districts, Corsica and Sardegna.