Stories and Secrets of Viterbo
Porta San Pietro
You've arrived at the end of the walk. Stop here while I conclude the tour.
You're standing at the entrance to the medieval quarter, Porta San Pietro.
Like all the other entrances into the town, its huge wooden doors were closed at night.
Look up to your right at the magnificent Palazzo Pamphil, with its many bifore windows that flanks the city walls.
The Palazzo was built in the 1500s and was owned by Donna Olympia Maidalchini, sister in law of Pope Innocent X Pamphili. It later became an orphanage where abandoned children were reared and educated.
Donna Olympia was an incredibly powerful woman. She built the town of San Martino al Cimino on the hills above Viterbo, as a place to escape the plague in Rome.
The remains of a Renaissance fountain with the Piccolomini coat of arms can be seen on a corner near the palace. Theres also a simpler water trough for horses just outside the heavy wooden doors.
This is where I'll be leaving you.
From here you can return to Porta Romana by turning left and walking along the exterior of the walls. You can also explore another medieval quarter, Pianoscarano, by taking the street to the left of Via San Pietro, Via delle Caprarecce.
Thank you for joining me on this tour of Viterbo. I encourage you to further explore the alleyways, courtyards and palaces of this beautiful and timeless town.