City: Viterbo - Pop. 60000 - Alt : 326 m asl - Location:
Description: 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.
Sights and Attractions: The Papal Palace (Palazzo dei Papi)
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"
The Palazzo Farnese (14th-15th century), where lived Alessandro
Farnese, the future Pope Paulus III The Rocca (castle)
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.
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"
Events: "San Pellegrino in Fiore"(Late in April), flower exhibition: the
streets of the historical center of Viterbo are decorated with
Summer theater season: from mid July to mid August
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)
Typical products: Wine, olive oil, pecorino romano cheese, salami,
Surrounding smaller towns and hamlets: Fastello, Grotte Santo
Stefano, Sant'Angelo, Monterazzano, Bagnaia, La Quercia, San Martino
Nearby towns: Bagnoregio,
Bomarzo, Canepina, Caprarola, Celleno,
Civitella d'Agliano, Graffignano, Marta, Monte Romano,
Ronciglione, Soriano nel Cimino,
Tuscania, Vetralla, Vitorchiano
Nearest airport: Rome Airport.
Nearest train station: Viterbo - Porta Fiorentina
Distances: Orvieto km 45,
Siena km 142, Lake Bolsena km 30,
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
(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
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.