Photo by Roberto Ferrari. Who said that to see enchanting places you have to travel for hours and hours.
In the heart of Italy there are beautiful areas, often little known, which can give emotions to anyone who visits them. The area of ​​Viterbo and its surroundings can give you an unforgettable journey in the upper Lazio area . Ready to start to find out what are the 10 things you absolutely must see in this area

1 – Historic Center of Viterbo
The Historic Center of Viterbo contains most of the main attractions of the city : here are the noble palaces that have seen the presence of popes and nobles, churches and museums that will leave you breathless.

  • How to get there: From Porta Romana proceed north on SR2 for 15 min, or take FL3 to “Porta Fiorentina”
  • Hours: always open
  • Ticket cost: free

2 – Palazzo dei Papi
Photo by Claudio Caravano. Palazzo dei Papi is one of the most important historical buildings in Viterbo. Dating back to the thirteenth century, it is located in the historic center of the city and was the papal residence after that of Rome. Its most famous part is undoubtedly the “lodge”, called “delle Benedizioni”, from which the pope officially presented himself after the Conclave.

  • How to get there: Get directions
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am-7pm
  • Ticket price: full € 9.00. Reduced € 7.00

3 – Villa Lante
Photo by Roberto Ferrari. Just a few kilometers from Viterbo, Villa Lante contains one of the most famous Italian mannerist gardens in the world . In addition to strolling through the greenery of this splendid villa, you can also watch water games and see waterfalls and fountains.

  • How to get there: Take the “RMVT” train to Bagnaia (about 10 minutes) and continue on foot along via Jacopo Barozzi for 500 meters – Get directions
  • Hours: Closed on Mondays. November, December January, February 8: 30-16: 30. March 8: 30-17: 30. April 1-15 and October 8: 30-18: 30. April 16-30, May, June, July, August, September 1-15 8: 30-19: 30
  • Ticket price: full € 5.00, reduced € 2.50

4 – Machine of Santa Rosa
Photo by Riccardo Spinella. The Machine of Santa Rosa is one of the main attractions of Viterbo. This torch-lit tower weighs around 5 tons and is a whopping 30 meters high. The “machine” and the canopy on which stands the statue of Santa Rosa, the patron saint of the city. Not to be missed is the procession on September 3, during which the Machine is lifted and carried on the shoulders by about a hundred devotees.

  • How to get there: From Porta Romana go west on Via Cardinal La Fontaine to Palazzo degli Alessandri
  • Hours: always open
  • Ticket cost: free

5 – Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Quercia
Photo by Sailko. The Sanctuary of Madonna della Quercia is dedicated to the co-patroness of the city and is a place not to be missed. The church is recognizable by the external staircase on which two columns rise, with a pediment that shows the sculpted lions of Viterbo and an oak. The interior, on the other hand, divided into three naves, is richly decorated in the Renaissance style and completed by two cloisters.

  • How to get there: from Porta Romana by car take via Belluno and continue on Str. Del cuculo for 13 km – Get directions
  • Hours: always open in relation to the times of mass
  • Ticket cost: free

6 – Cathedral of San Lorenzo
Source: wikimedia commons. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is the main church of the city. It was built over what was once the temple dedicated to Hercules in pure Romanesque style. Not to be missed, in addition to the Gothic-Sienese bell tower of the fourteenth century, and the pavement of rare beauty and the picture of the Blessing of Christ by Girolamo da Cremona, as well as the sarcophagus of Pope John XXI.

  • How to get there: From Porta Romana go west on Via Cardinal La Fontaine for about 900 meters to Piazza di San Lorenzo – Get directions
  • Times: in relation to the times of mass. Guided tour times: 10: 00-13: 00/15: 00-18: 00. Summer opening hours 10: 00-13: 00/15: 00-19: 00
  • Ticket cost: € 9.00 for a full guided tour. Reduced € 7.00

7 – Quartiere San Pellegrino
Photo of Lalupa. The San Pellegrino district is one of the most characteristic areas of the city. In this area, born around the main axis of the city, is full of thirteenth-century buildings that still retain their original facades. Some were destroyed, such as Palazzo Gatti, during the power struggles between the families of the city.

  • How to get there: From Porta Romana go west on Via Cardinal La Fontaine for about 600 meters to Piazza San Carluccio – Get directions
  • Hours: always open
  • Ticket cost: free

8 – Bomarzo
Park The Bomarzo Park (or Villa delle Meraviglie) is known throughout the world for its basalt sculptures from the 16th century, which represent subjects of mythology and monsters. Designed by the architect Pirro Ligorio commissioned by Prince Pier Franesco Orsini, it contains several attractions including a theater, a nymphaeum and a square called “dei Vasi”.

  • How to get there: from Porta Romana by car take the SS675 for 21 km – Get directions
  • Hours: Mon-Sun 8: 30-7: 00 p.m.
  • Ticket price: full € 10.00. Reduced € 8.00

9 – Etruscan necropolis of Castel d’Asso
Photo by Adri08. On the outskirts of Viterbo, the Necropolis of Castel d’Asso awaits you. The importance of this place lies first of all in the locality, since it seems to be the ancient Azia mentioned in Cicero’s Pro caecina. Secondly, the tombs are truly unique. Arranged on three orders, they still retain the inscriptions indicating who was the owner of the tomb.

  • How to get there: from Porta Romana by car drive on Str. Bagni for about 5 km and continue on Via Procoio for another 4.7 km – Get directions
  • Hours: always open
  • Ticket cost: free

10 – Awakening by Seward Johnson
Photo by Simone Ramella. A stone’s throw from the historic center of Viterbo, the Awakening has an incredible impact on those who see it for the first time. This gigantic sculpture is made up of several pieces arranged in such a way as to form a single titan figure that emerges from the ground. The artist who created it, Seward Johnson, thought of it as the symbol of the awakening of man and consciousness.

  • How to get there: From Porta Romana go west on Via Cardinal La Fontaine for about 900 meters and cut north on Via Faul – Get directions
  • Hours: always open
  • Ticket cost: free
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