A day in Viterbo

And why you should definitely plan a daytrip when in town to discover the Etruscan town rich of history in the North of Rome.

May 27, 2016

Worth a trip

A perfect day trip destination about 95km/61 miles north of Rome, Viterbo’s rich history dates back to the ages of the Etruscans. The thick stone walls, that once protected the Popes when the city became their residence, and the old town are well worth a visit.

Explore Viterbo walking through winding, cobblestone streets. One of the must-see spots is the impressive Piazza del Plebiscito, with buildings dating back to the 15th century, including the Town Hall. Visitors also love the Town Hall’s fountain and courtyard and the 13th century Governor’s Palace.Also, be sure not to miss is the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, standing over what used to be the Eturscan acropolis and Piazza San Lorenzo, steps away from the cathedral. Next door is the 13th century Palazzo dei Papi. where the Pope lived and hid out while in exile.

Architecture

Two other great examples of medieval architecture are the Palazzi Comunali and San Pellegrino district. The latter is just a short walk from Piazza San Lorenzo, formerly known as Piazza della Morte, and used to be the working class living quarters,  towers, curved walkways, narrow streets, steep stairways and decorative fountains. The Convent of Santa Maria della Verita dates back to 1100 is also worth a visit. It has 15th century frescoes by Lorenzo da Viterbo.

You can reach Viterbo by train (it takes about 45 mins from Rome), or by car. A fantastic excursion while in Rome.

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