Wind your way through the history and architecture of the medieval hilltop town of Viterbo. From Porta Romana we'll make our way back in time through the city's charming and historic center. Along the way we'll take in ancient fountains, majestic piazzas and palaces. I will tell you stories of the people and point out details, hidden courtyards and corners. Viterbo was a papal town where popes lived in the 13th century and where the first conclave was held. We will explore the San Pellegrino medieval quarter, one of the best preserved in Europe. Finally, we'll conclude the tour at the Porta San Pietro, the medieval entrance to the town. Come discover Viterbo's tales and secrets with me.
Palazzo dei Priori, Papal Palace, Duomo, Museum Colle del Duomo,Museum Santa Rosa's Porters, Medieval Quarter of San Pellegrino
Porta Romana, main entrance to the historic center, near Porta Romana train station. Trains and Cotral buses connect Viterbo with Rome hourly. The bus stops at Porta Romana. Buy a 13 euro BIRG ticket at any newspaper, tabacchi shop, validate it and your transport for the entire 24 hour day (bus, train, metro) in Rome, to Viterbo and return is covered.
Places to stop along the way:
Ceramics Museum in Palazzo Brugiotti, Palazzo del Plebiscito (city hall), Museum Colle del Duomo, Papal Palace, Museum of Santa Rosa's Porters.
Best time of day:
Any time of day, its quiet in the morning, the narrow streets protect from hot sun in summer. Most shops, museums, offices close down for midday break, usually from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pause for lunch or have dinner in one of my favorite restaurants: Osteria del Vicolo (Via S. Vito 10), Il Pero 2.0 (Via Sant'Antonio) near the Duomo . The weekends of May 1st (San Pellegrino Flower Festival) and September 3 (Santa Rosa Festival) are very crowded.
Viterbo is a very safe town but do watch out for cars, scooters in non-pedestrian areas.