Viterbo audio tour: Stories and Secrets of Viterbo

Stories and Secrets of Viterbo

Walking Tour

30 mins

About the Tour

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.

Tour Producer


Mary Jane Cryan

American-Irish writer and historian Mary Jane Cryan has been living in Italy since 1965 working in the fields of international education, journalism and tourism. When she is not busy writing about central Italy in her palazzo between Rome and Civitavecchia, she can be found aboard luxury cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean as a guest lecturer.
Check her blog for hundreds of insider tips and her award-winning website

Major Landmarks

  • Palazzo dei Priori

  • Papal Palace

  • Duomo

  • Museum Colle del Duomo

  • Museum Santa Rosa's Porters

  • Medieval Quarter of San Pellegrino

Directions to Starting Point

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.

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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.


Incredible tour taking you around the city and uncovering the vast history that’s right before your eyes. It paints a picture of the life of the city through the century’s that makes you want to see and know more.

Posted by Maeve B , over 2 years ago

A useful guide for learning more about Viterbo. Very worthwhile!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago

Bravissima, Mary Jane! Complimenti!

Posted by Luciano Dottarelli , about 4 years ago

thanks for your nice words, I hope many visitors to Viterbo enjoy it too.

Posted by Mary Jane , about 4 years ago

A great way to get to know Viterbo. I found the information clear and revealing, building a picture of the city in a very pleasant way.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 4 years ago

Thank you for taking the tour and the time to leave a review.

Posted by Mary Jane , over 3 years ago
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