Viterbo is one of the nicest cities in the region Lazio and if you are in Rome you should visit this city as well so that you can escape the crowd of tourists in Rome.
The city of Viterbo is located an hour and a half north of Rome in one of the most beautiful areas of Italy, not too far from Terni, Orvieto and many other beautiful things like lakes and awesome buildings.
A curiosity about Viterbo is that this city has the largest medieval historical center in Europe, and you can walk around and visit it for free.
Not too far from the city center, there is the Lake Of Bolsena and you can find a lot of awesome borghi worth your time.
If you are ready to discover one of the nicest cities in the region read on this guide and you will discover the best places to go and what to eat in this beautiful town.
Viterbo What To Do
We can begin our visit from the famous Palazzo Dei Papi, as the palace of the popes of Avignon this building was used when Rome was too dangerous, the Popes preferred to escape to Viterbo, a nearby city, rich and safer.
To the right of the stairs of this beautiful and harmonious building, there is the Loggia, with its 7 arches divided by small columns and with a well at the center that feeds a fountain.
The historical center of Viterbo encompasses most of the city’s main attractions: here you can find the noble palaces that have seen the presence of popes and nobles, churches and museums that will leave you breathless.
Just a few km from Viterbo, Villa Lante contains one of the most famous Italian mannerist gardens in the world.
In addition to walking among the greenery of this splendid villa, you can also watch water games and see waterfalls and fountains.
The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is the main church and the cathedral of the city. It was built over what was once the temple dedicated to Hercules in pure Romanesque style.
The San Pellegrino district is one of the most characteristic areas of the city. In this area, there are buildings that still preserve their original facades.
Some were destroyed, like Palazzo Gatti, during the power struggles between the families of the city.
if you want to walk around nature Bomarzo Park is known throughout the world for its 16th-century basalt sculptures, which represent subjects of mythology and monsters.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Macchina di Santa Rosa,
Santuario Santa Maria della Quercia,
Necropoli etrusca di Castel d’Asso,
Risveglio di Seward Johnson,
Il Museo del Colle,
Santa Maria Nuova e San Silvestro,
Le Terme dei Papi,
Palazzo degli Alessandri.
Food In Viterbo
Viterbo is located very close to Tuscany and Umbria in the region of Lazio and there is no better place to eat some great food.
The three regional cultures are mixing up together to create some of the best dishes of the country.
For instance, we can go to Viterbo and eat Acquacotta Alla Maremmana which is a dish that is mainly prepared in the south of Tuscany that you can find even here in Viterbo.
This dish is a soup made with several vegetables and water boiled for a long time, bread is cooked in the water and the eggs are dropped on top to make an awesome dish full of proteins.
Fieno Canepinese is a fresh pasta dish similar to the tagliatelle topped with chicken sauce and many flavors that you want to try if you are in a restaurant.
Among the second dishes, you can find a lot of dishes especially hare, wild boar and farmyard animals, that are usually fresh from the farmer.
A very famous dish is the Pignataccia, a stew baked in an earthenware pot with beef meat, pork and pork entrails.