Viterbo is a city in central Italy that stands halfway between Rome and Tuscany. The presence of these “big” neighbors has always eclipsed the city’s beauty in the eyes of international travelers. Locals, on the other hand, are very familiar with all of Viterbo’s attractions.
First, there are the thermal baths, fed by the various hot springs that surround Viterbo. The Terme dei Papi is one of the most popular spas, with a 2,000-square-meter pool and a cave with natural thermal steam. Local people have used these natural gifts to cure themselves of skin, circulatory and respiratory diseases for thousands of years. There are also luxury thermal baths such as Terme Salus and totally free admission pools such as Piscine Carletti and the Bullicame pool. Viterbo’s thermal water gushes out very hot out of the spring. After a long bath, the best thing to do is to refresh yourself at one of the restaurants in the city’s historic center.
One of Viterbo’s many qualities is that it offers exquisite food at modest prices. In this region of Italy, you will find sheep’s milk cheeses, EVO oil, wine, porcini mushrooms, and plenty of vegetables. One of the typical dishes is “lombrichelli”, homemade pasta made with water and flour and topped with ragout, mushrooms, and pecorino cheese.
The historic center of Viterbo is a perfectly preserved medieval jewel. The ancient defensive walls run all around the city. For a scenic walk through the historic center, enter from one of the ancient gates, such as Porta Romana, and reach the San Pellegrino District.
Walk to Piazza San Lorenzo, which is one of the most picturesque squares in Italy, with all the ancient buildings made from the dark local stone called “pepper stone”. Here you will find the Cathedral of San Lorenzo (12th century) and the Palace of the Popes (13th century), fine examples of medieval Romanesque architecture.
From there, proceed to Piazza della Morte, which houses one of Viterbo’s typical fountains and a couple of small restaurants where you can dine or enjoy a glass of wine with appetizers, such as the “Gargolo”.
Continue exploring the historic center, which hides many fountains and small churches. On Via Roma, you will find stores and boutiques to do some shopping. Before saying goodbye to this relaxing city rich in history, have a coffee at Bistrot del Teatro. This cozy café decorated in vintage style was developed around a theater that is still in operation.
Where to stay in Viterbo?
If you want to sleep in Viterbo, choose an elegant B&B in an old house in the historic center, such as La Lanterna. It’s the perfect location to explore this hidden gem in Europe.
Contributed by Lisa | Travel Connect Experience