Viterbo Travel Guide

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    Our first interaction in Viterbo:)
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Viterbo Things to Do

  • San Pellegrino

    The old San Pellegrino quarter of Viterbo is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval districts. Here, one feels transported back in time about six centuries. It has some small shops, cafes, and ancient Romanesque churches all crammed together along narrow streets. This is a place to just stroll about and take it all in.

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  • Cathedral of San Lorenzo

    On the site of an ancient Etruscan temple stands the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Named for San Lorenzo Martire, protector of the city, it is a fine example of Romanesque architecture. The campanile, or tower, dates from 1368 and the front from 1570. Some parts are far older. It served as a refuge for the Pope after he fled Rome. Later, the Pope moved...

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  • Palaces

    Viterbo is noted for its splendid palaces, seats of both secular and religious authority. It often served as a refuge for the Pope when trouble was brewing in Rome (except during that period when the Pope stayed at Avignon). The papal palace, dating from 1266, was the scene of five councils that elected a new pope. One in 1271 went on for 33...

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  • Cattedrale di San Lorenzo

    Viterbo's cathedral is dedicated to one of the town's two patron saints, St Laurence (the other is Rosa). The cathedral was badly damaged during World War II, and the roof and nave were rebuilt. The interior was quite simple. There is a fine tiled floor though.

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  • Palazzo dei Papi

    The Palazzo dei Papi or Palazzo Papale (Papal Palace) is a striking reminder of Viterbo's former importance as I mentioned in my general tips. It was built in the 13th century to house the popes who were seeking refuge in Viterbo. Its most striking feature is the seven-arched loggia. The small courtyard behind the arches is also pretty, with a...

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  • The Medieval Architecture

    Viterbo's medieval architecture is the main attraction of the town. What we discovered during our short visit is the remains of its grand Papal Palace (Palazzo dei Papi) and the medieval lanes. Other individual sights of interest include a couple of museums (Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit the museums, which are Museo Nazionale and Museo...

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  • Something special

    Walking trough Viterbo’s small streets, in the medieval center, your steps might bring you in a beautiful part the town where artists are showing their creations.We’ve been lucky enough to meet one of these artists and see his secret treasure.Alberto Morucci is a men with an incredible charisma and magic hands, able to create art from recycled...

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  • Santa Rosa e le sue macchine

    The best period to visit Viterbo is in the first days of September, when the city is presenting it's self in maximum beauty. celebrating Santa Rosa. From end august to half September Viterbo in one big podium where every moment something magic happens: historical parades, children going round the city with their smaller Macchina Di Santa Rosa...

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  • San Peligrino Quarter

    This is the area that probably provides Viterbo's strongest claim to fame, magnificent Medieval street architecture.

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  • Don't miss the place

    The restaurant is in a farm. The owner is very nice and very helpful. They grow Chianina cattle there, vegetables, fruit and make olive oil. The restaurant is located in the middle of a huge farm, beautiful place and view. They have there rooms for rent too, with a wonderful pool. The food was great. We ate hand made spaghetti with lemon and a meat...

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  • The best steak ever!

    Not having been there by day, I think I may have missed out on Santa Lucia's best aspect, none the less, it is an outstandingly beautiful place. For more information about the property's history, I'm sure the website provides details, but in brief, the restaurant is housed in the main farmhouse of this massive property. I believe it has been run by...

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    by Pinat Written Aug 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Viterbo is actually in central Italy, around 105 km north of Rome. The medieval walled hilltown is situated in the Lazio region, and is the administrative centre of its province, the Provincia di Viterbo. Confusingly, the area is also known as Tuscia, and lies within the loosely-defined area of Etruria, which spreads through Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany.

    Various local findings suggests the area of Viterbo has ancient origins. The area was the centre of the Etruscan civilization, whose remains are dotted around the countryside, and a later Roman town was situated nearby at Ferento. It was in the Middle Ages when Viterbo gained real importance. While the city of Rome struggled through chaos, Viterbo became a favourite refuge for embattled popes. It is surprising to say this now, but there was a time when Viterbo was larger and more successful than Rome, and much of its fine architecture, such as the Papal Palace, dates to this era.

    Later, the town faded in importance (its population today is approximately the same as it was then). Prior to the unification of Italy, Viterbo formed part of the Papal States. Now it is in a quiet area usually overlooked by foreign tourists.

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