Viterbo, about 104 km from Rome, is near the Cimini Mountains between Lake Vico and Lake Bolsena.
This city of art and culture offers the visitor numerous opportunities: medieval churches, Renaissance palaces, archaeological areas, thermal baths, good food and cultural traditions.
Worth visiting are the Palazzo Papale, the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the San Pellegrino district, residential centre of medieval Viterbo, Palazzo dei Priori, Palazzo dei Governatori and the Palazzo del Podestà.
If you have more time, there is also the interesting Rocca Albornoz National Etruscan Museum, set up in the homonymous fortress or Rocca, dedicated to Etruscan archaeology and for enthusiasts we also recommend a visit to the necropolis of Castel d’Asso and the archaeological area of Ferento, evidence of the Etruscan-Roman origins of Viterbo.
In the historic centre it is still possible to savour medieval atmospheres filled with “stories of knights, weapons and love”. Here in 1272, in front of the altar of the Church of Gesù, the brutal crime of Henry of Cornwall was committed, described by Dante in Hell. The legend of Santa Rosa, the girl who became the symbol of the Guelph struggle against the hegemonic claims of the Empire also began here.
The celebrations in honour of Santa Rosa, patron saint of the town, attract thousands of visitors to the city every year. On the night of September 3, they watch the traditional transport of the Macchina di Santa Rosa, the statue of the Saint carried on the shoulders of a hundred “porters” on a very heavy scaffolding that winds through the city streets to the Sanctuary of the Poor Clare Nuns.
For more information: Comune di Viterbo