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Trip Planner Europe  /  Italy  /  Lazio  /  Province of Viterbo  /  Viterbo

Viterbo

3.8
Thermal Spas · Gardens · Historic Walking Areas
See also Viterbo, Texas and Viterbo University. For ancient Ferento, see Ferentium. For the municipality in Colombia, see Viterbo, CaldasViterbo is an ancient city and comune in the Lazio region of central Italy, the capital of the province of Viterbo.It conquered and absorbed the neighboring town of Ferento in its early history. It is approximately 80km north of GRA (Rome) on the Via Cassia, and it is surrounded by the Monti Cimini and Monti Volsini. The historic center of the city is surrounded by medieval walls, still intact, built during the 11th and 12th centuries. Entrance to the walled center of the city is through ancient gates.Apart from agriculture, the main resources of Viterbo's area are pottery, marble, and wood. The town is home to the Italian gold reserves, an important Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Tuscia, and the Italian Army's Aviation Command headquarters and training centre. It is located in a wide thermal area, attracting many tourists from the whole of central Italy.HistoryThe first report of the new city dates to the eighth century CE, when it is identified as Castrum Viterbii. It was fortified in 773 by the Lombard King Desiderius in his vain attempt to conquer Rome. When the popes switched to the Frankish support, Viterbo became part of the Papal States, but this status was to be highly contested by the emperors in the following centuries, until in 1095 it is known it was a free comune.
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Landmark
Macchina di Santa Rosa
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Garden
Villa Lante Bagnaia
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Palazzo dei Papi
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Thermal Spa
Thermal Spas
3.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Viterbo

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World heritage site
Basilica Papale e Sacro Convento di San Francesco d'Assisi Assisi
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
Villa d'Este Tivoli
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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World heritage site
Duomo di Siena Siena
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Waterfall
Cascata delle Marmore Marmore
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Viterbo

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Neighborhood
Quartiere San Pellegrino
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Walking Area
Viterbo Historic Centre
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Landmark
Piazza del Gesu
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Chiesa di S.Giovanni Battista del Gonfalone
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Viterbo

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Religious Site
Abbazia di San Martino al Cimino San Martino al Cimino
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Basilica Santuario Santa Maria della Quercia
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
Monastero Di Santa Rosa
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Viterbo

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Specialty Museum
Etrurian National Musem - Rocca Albornoz
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Museo Roberto Joppolo
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Museo Colle del Duomo
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Gallery
museo Civico di Viterbo
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Viterbo

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Cave
Viterbo sotterranea
3.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Waterfall
Terme Libere Piscine Carletti
2.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

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