All about Viterbo
History of Viterbo
Though there were earlier Etruscan settlements, and also a Roman village called Ferento, it was not until the Middle Ages that Viterbo became important. This happened in an unexpected way however, since the city became a refuge for Popes fleeing Rome.
Viterbo tourist information
There are two tourist information offices in Viterbo, one of which is near the Porta Romana railway station. The other one is in the center of town.
Top Tourist Attractions Viterbo
Palazzo dei Papi: Also known as the Palazzo Papale. There was a time when Popes in trouble took refuge in this palace.
Cattedrale di San Lorenzo: 12th century cathedral that became very important when the Popes moved to Viterbo.
Piazza del Plebiscito
Piazza San Lorenzo: Named after one of the city’s two patron saints.
Museo Nazionale: Housed in the former fortress Rocca Albernoz, Viterbo‘s national museum displays reconstructions of Etruscan architecture. There are also a number of statues found in the former Roman settlement of Ferento.
Chiesa di San Silvestro: in Piazza del Gesù, with a plaque in memory of Henry of Corwall, who was murdered here.
Museo della Macchina di Santa Rosa: in the Via di San Pellegrino.
San Pellegrino: The historic area of town, with stone houses in narrow alleys.
Lions: The lion is the emblem of the Viterbo and all over the city you will see fountains, etc. with statues of the animal.
Palazzi Comunali: Palazzo dei Priori and Palazzo della Podestà
Museo Civico: in Piazza Crispi
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Poggio
Chiesa di San Damiano
Viterbo Festivals and Special Events
- September 3rd (evening): Trasporto della Macchina di Santa Rosa: A 30 meter tall structure is carried through the streets of Viterbo. The feast is in honor of the relocation of Santa Rosa‘s body from the Church of Santa Maria del Poggio to the Church of San Damiano.
- May: San Pellegrino in Fiore, a flower festival.
- September/October: Baroque Festival