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City: Viterbo - Pop. 60000 - Alt : 326 m asl - Location: Lazio (Latium)
Palace of Popes
: Viterbo is an ancient city and comune in the Lazio region of central Italy. It is approximately 80 kilometers (60 miles) north of Rome. It is an agricultural and commercial center. Viterbo's historic center (San Pellegrino district) still preserves its medieval look. The area around Viterbo Area is rich in history and art, landscapes, mountains, lakes, spas, Roman remains and Etruscan necropolises.

Piazza Sights and Attractions: The Papal Palace (Palazzo dei Papi) • The Cathedral of S. Lorenzo • The Palazzo Comunale (houses a series of 16th century and Baroque frescos) • Palazzo del Podestΰ (1264) and Palazzo della Prefettura • The small Gothic church of Santa Maria della Salute, which has a rich portal • The Romanesque Church "Chiesa del Gesu" (11th century) • The Palazzo Farnese (14th-15th century), where lived Alessandro Farnese, the future Pope Paulus III • The Rocca (castle) • The Romanesque church of Santa Maria Nuova (12th C) • The Palazzo degli Alessandri, a typical house of Middle Ages • The Fontana Grande (1206) • The Gothic church of San Francesco, with a work by Arnolfo di Cambio • Fountains: In many squares of Viterbo center there are very elegant stone fountains  that are very nice works of art; you can find them in Piazza delle Erbe; Piazza della Morte (Square of death); Piazza della Rocca; Piazza Fontana Grande; Piazza San Faustino
 • The thermal spas " Terme dei Papi"  • The 17th Century Villa Lante: just outside of Viterbo, in the village of Bagnaia, a has a Renaissance Italian style garden with fountains, basins, cascades and plays of water.

San Pellegrino districtMuseums: The Museo Civico (City Museum) houses many archeological finds from the Roman times,  and a picture gallery with paintings by Sebastiano del Piombo  and others •
The Museum of Colle del Duomo, is a museum of sacred art and houses some collections of sacred vestments,  chalices, reliquaries, busts of bishops, popes and Saints. It also preserves some paintings among which of note is the "Crucifixion" ascribed to Michelangelo •  Pottery Museum, hosted in Palazzo Bugiotti • National Museum Rocca Albornoz in Piazza della Rocca - Archelogical museum  • Museum of "Santa Rosa"
Villa Lante Italian style garden
Events: "San Pellegrino in Fiore"(Late in April), flower exhibition: the streets of the historical center of Viterbo are decorated with flowers • Summer theater season: from mid July to mid August many spectacles take place in the beautiful scenery of the Roman amphitheater of Ferento, close to Viterbo • Santa Rosa is the patron saint of Viterbo (Sept 4),  the carriage of the "Macchina di S. Rosa" (an artistic illuminated bell-tower 30 m high) takes place every year, on September 3, at 9 p.m.  • Santa Rosa trade fair: September 4, local open air market with 500 exhibitors • Viterbo Antique exhibition (late in Oct)

Ferento's Roman Theater
Typical products: Wine, olive oil, pecorino romano cheese, salami, vegetables.

Surrounding smaller towns and hamlets: Fastello, Grotte Santo Stefano, Sant'Angelo, Monterazzano, Bagnaia, La Quercia, San Martino al Cimino.
Nearby towns:
Bagnoregio, Bomarzo, Canepina, Caprarola, Celleno, Civitella d'Agliano, Graffignano, Marta, Monte Romano, Montefiascone, Ronciglione, Soriano nel Cimino, Tuscania, Vetralla, Vitorchiano

AirportsNearest airport: Rome Airport.
TrainNearest train station: Viterbo - Porta Fiorentina train station
BusPublic transportation: Bus service

Distances: Orvieto km 45, Siena km 142, Lake Bolsena km 30, Perugia km 125, Rome km 81, Milan km 500, Florence km 180, Venice km 486, Naples km 280.
More: Viterbo which in the Middle Ages was also the official residence of Papacy, preserves its medieval center intact. It makes the ideal departure point for visits and excursions with an historical or archeological theme. Take the winding and ancient via Francigena along which pilgrims have travelled through the centuries on their way to Rome from the North. The road continues from Proceno to Acquapendente (an important stopover for pilgrims thanks to relics brought from the Holy Land, which are still preserved in the Cathedral's crypt) and from Bolsena and Montefiascone. After the Cimini mountains the route continues on towards Vetralla, Capranica, Sutri and Monterosi. Those on the trail of Etruscan life will find the necropolis of Norchia and Castel d'Assa and the archelogical excavations of Ferento and Acquarossa.  Bomarzo Park deserves as a mention with its outlandish sculptures, as do the medieval villages of Bagnaia and Montecalvello.


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