Viterbo, the city of the Popes

Viterbo, the city of the Popes

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    When it comes to Popes, the thought immediately runs to Rome. Some then recall that for some time Avignon also held the role of papal see. Few people know that this honor also touched Viterbo. This is why the city was called "the city of the Popes".
    The city, first Etruscan, then Roman, later Longobard, grew in wealth and importance thanks to its position along the Via Francigena and, in the thirteenth century, for having become the seat of the Papacy for a few decades.
    The most characteristic (and rich in history) place is certainly Piazza San Lorenzo, the beating heart of Viterbo, with the suggestive Cathedral of San Lorenzo, ancient buildings, such as the Palazzetto di Valentino della Pagnotta, and above all the majestic Palazzo dei Papi, which as a fortress dominates the city from above. Inside this Viterbo "Vatican", the environment of greatest historical value is the Sala del Conclave, where the longest election of a pope in history took place, for a total of 1006 days, between 1268 and 1271.
    A bridge connects Piazza San Lorenzo with the rest of the center and, on the left, the suggestive Palazzo Farnese (who belonged to an influential and noble dynasty of the Italian Renaissance, which included among its ranks rulers, cardinals, popes and patrons of the artists ). In the nearby medieval district of San Pellegrino historic buildings, stone-paved streets and alleys, squares, founts and fountains (all different from each other) offer interesting photographic views.
    The information to access the Palazzo dei Papi, the Cathedral and the museum can be found at the Museo del Colle del Duomo, with an entrance located on Piazza S. Lorenzo.
    Open from Tuesday to Sunday (h. 10-13, 15-19) Tel: +39 3477010187

    • July 20, 2020

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Location: Viterbo, Lazio, Italy


  • Elevation380 m

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