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Viterbo
History and Tourism:

Viterbo, Lazio's provincial capital , is a town that has just over 60,000 inhabitants. Located in the Tuscia area , ie the high Lazio, Viterbo rises to 326 meters above sea level, at the center of a dense network of roads.

Due to its strategic location, the city has always been an area's economical vital hub , since its founding in the Etruscan period. After having been for a very long time feud between Empire and Papacy, became a free city and it was the site of important historical events. Returned definitively under the Curch's dominion, Viterbo lived a long period of prosperity, also due to the fact that it became papal city, where they held conclaves and where the popes lived. Today Viterbo depends on Tourism, as the town is full of monuments and historic buildings. Santa Rosa, celebrated on September 4 of each year, is the patron of Viterbo.

Things to see:

Walking in the Viterbo historical center means to take a trip back in time, because the town is full of monuments and historic buildings, most related to the Middle Ages. Among the most important things to see in Viterbo you can find: the Palazzo Comunale, built in the fifteenth century by Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere, which is characterized by a large porch and a seventeenth-century factory that doubled the building volume ; the Palazzo del Podestà, a charming thirteenth century building that, despite the numerous restoration still retains the old charm ; Palazzo Farnese, one of the most impressive buildings around the Viterbo's old town  , which was built in the fifteenth century and which hosted in its frescoed rooms important characters that have marked the history; the central Piazza San Lorenzo, the heart of the medieval city and center of ecclesiastical power in the city, with the Duomo complex, the Loggia and the Palazzo dei Papi; the St. Lawrence Cayhedral, built in the twelfth century in Romanesque style on the place where is thought there was a temple dedicated to Hercules, which preserves valuable art works by the XV-XVIII's major artists; the Palazzo dei Papi, a beautiful building by Gothic style built in the thirteenth century to accommodate the popes during their frequent stays in Viterbo;the Loggia dei Papi, added in the fifteenth century to the Palazzo dei Papi, is characterized by seven arches supported by slender columns that make it harmonious and light and it represents one of the city's postcards and one of the most scenic point of the whole ; the Civic Museum, housed in the former of Santa Maria della Verita convent, which is home to numerous VIterbo's past's testimonies , from its origins to the modern age; the Santuario di Santa Rosa , remake of an earlier century religious building erected to preserve the saint's body's sacred relic (visible inside the church), which is the Santa Rosa's characteristic procession's final stage, which takes place every year on September 3, in which 90 porters carrying on shoulder through the streets the Macchina di Santa Rosa, a monumental high tower over 30 m .; the Rocca, a building complex that was built from the fourteenth century and has undergone numerous interventions in later centuries and which now houses the National Etruscan Museum, rich in artefacts found in the VIterbo's lands.

How to reach from Sans Spucis Relais & Spa:

Through Provincial Road 39 / SP39 - distance of 18.3 km - drive time 25 min.