The territory

ROME

The province of Viterbo has the great advantage of being close to Rome. In the course of its 3000-year history, Rome has accumulated and preserved an unparalleled artistic, historical, architectural and cultural heritage. The city has countless monuments and points of interest: from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain, from the Bocca della Verità to St. Peter’s basilica, from the Vatican Museums to the Imperial forum…

70 km

VITERBO

Viterbo, once a papal see, is a walled city with an extensive mediaeval town centre and numerous monuments and religious buildings of considerable historic and architectural interest. The town also boasts several thermal springs and Spas.

10 km

NECROPOLIS
OF TARQUINIA

The necropolis of Tarquinia is one of the most important Etruscan necropoli in the world. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, the necropolis contains more 6000 Etruscan tombs, the oldest of which dates back to the seventh century B.C. Over 200 of theses tombs are frescoed, making this the most important assembly of Etruscan art to have reached us.

30 km

TERME
DEI PAPI

Literally “Popes’ spas”, Viterbo’s hot springs acquired their name when the city became a papal see between 1257 and 1281. Popular already in Etruscan times for their important therapeutic virtues, in the Middle Ages they became the favourite retreat of several pontiffs. Viterbo’s hot springs area is one of the most extensive of Italy. The main pool of Terme dei Papi (over 2000 square metres), is fed from the waters of the Bullicame, the most important source in the area, famous for its recognised therapeutic properties.

10 km

VILLA
LANTE

Located in Bagnaia, it is a classic realisation of the Italian Cinquecento. Its ornate and geometric Italian gardens and artistic fountains are the most famous “surprise” gardens in the manneristic style of the 16th century. In 2011 Villa Lante was elected “Italy’s most beautiful park”.

20 km

PALAZZO
FARNESE

Farnese Palace (or Villa Farnese) is located in Caprarola. It is a perfect example of a mannerist aristocratic residence and was built for the Farnese family, an very influential Renaissance family, as a pentagonal palace. Inside the Palace are several frescoes, paintings and decorations made by the best painters of the time. Of particular interest are the “Room of the Geographies” (or “Room of the Globe”) and the “Room of the Angels” (or “Room of the Echo”) as well as te “Hall of the Glories of Hercules”.

20 km

CIVITA
DI BAGNOREGIO

Civita di Bagnoregio is a suggestive mediaeval village, suspended in time and suspended over the void. The village, one of the most beautiful of Italy, can only be reached on foot across a very long bridge.

The visit continues among narrow streets characterized by arches, courtyards and tiny squares, medieval and Renaissance buildings decorated with mullioned windows, external staircases and tuff portals: inside one finds quaint shops where one can still see ancients crafts.

40 km

PARCO
DEI MOSTRI

The “Monster Park” is a unique and surprising place. It was designed by the architect and antiquarian Pirro Ligorio in 1552, on commission from Prince Vicino Orsini. The “Sacred Forest of Bomarzo” is an irregular structure, an intricate and mysterious symbolic maze, dominated by enigmatic statues and sculptures depicting all kinds of monsters, dragons, exotic animals and mythological figures.

30 km

MONTEFIASCONE

Montefiascone is the municipality of the province of Viterbo with the highest elevation: more than 600 meters above sea level.

From this vantage point the view is spectacular: from Lake Bolsena to the valleys surrounding Montefiascone, covered in forests, vegetable gardens, olive groves and the vineyards from which the renowned local wines are produced.

25 km

CALCATA

The mediaeval village of Calcata is perched on a mountain of tuff, a hard volcanic rock, from which it overlooks the Treja Valley. The village has retained its original mediaeval structures and heritage, and the Treja Valley natural park, easily reached from the village, has numerous trails of considerable naturalistic interest.

45 km

FERENTO

Ferento was an ancient Etruscan town located on the San Francesco hill. Excavations have brought to light considerable monumental ruins, both from the Roman period and from the Middle Ages.

Today one can visit the ruins of the ancient city which offer sights of great beauty, surrounded by silence and a nature that almost seems to want to protect and preserve the remains of this beautiful and ill-fated city.

Ferento and its Roman amphitheater are now one of the most lively cultural centres in the province of Viterbo.

Every year, during the summer, it stages a an extensive series of events ranging from dance performances, to music, theatre and cabaret, featuring artists of national and international renown in the enchanting setting of the beautiful Roman amphitheater.
 

25 km

TUSCANIA

Tuscania offers what is probably one of Tuscia’s most beautiful landscapes. The town is built on 7 hills and is encircled by medieval walls and surrounded by wide open countryside, some of which is a national park. Tuscania is ideally located because of its proximity to the sea and to Lake Bolsena.

20 km

BOLSENA AND VICO
THE LAKES OF THE TUSCIA

Bolsena Lake is the largest volcanic lake in Europe and the fifth lake by size in Italy. It is one of the few great Italian lakes whose entire surface is fit for swimming and stands out because of its pristine natural environment: due to its biodiversity, Lake Bolsena was proposed as in 2005 as a Site of Community Importance by the EU.

Vico Lake is lovely volcanic basin produced by the activity of the ancient Vicanic Volcano.

Easily recognisable by its horseshoe shape, it is a clear lake whose waters reflect the images of the surrounding hills, Monte Fogliano and Monte Venere. Lake Vico is surrounded by vegetation so lush that the entire area has been designed as ana area of exceptional naturalistic interest by the Latium Region and is protected as a Natural Reserve.

15 km

SUTRI

Sutri is located on a high tufaceous hill overlooking the Via Cassia. Its ancient origins, probably dating all the way back to the Bronze Age, and its strategic position testify the importance that Sutri held until the late Middle Ages.

The “Parco Urbano dell’Antichissima Città di Sutri”, a natural area protected by the Latium Region, includes a Roman amphitheater cut directly into the tuff hill as well as an Etruscan necropolis with a large number of graves also dug into the hill face. In 2003 Sutri received the “orange flag” form the Italian Touring Club and from the Latium Region in recognition of the high standards of its tourist and environmental activities.

Every year in September the town hosts the “bean festival”: Sutri’s “queen’s beans” are a variety which is very sought after, as are the porcini mushrooms and the local wines. Sutri also takes part i the Baroque Festival, a well-known classic music festival of the Viterbese Tuscia.

20 km

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MACCHINA
DI SANTA ROSA

The “Macchina di Santa Rosa” is a 30-meter high tower, illuminated by torches, weighing approximately bout 50 tons, which is traditionally carried on the shoulders of 100 men (called “porters of Santa Rosa”) through the darkened streets of Viterbo’s old city, on the evening of September 3rd each year.

The transport of the Macchina di Santa Rosa symbolises the translation of the body of Santa Rosa, the town’s patron saint, from the church of Santa Maria in Poggio to the church of Santa Maria della Rosa which took place in 1258 by order of Pope Alexander IV, and is the city’s most significant festival.

The transport of the Macchina di Santa Rosa is part of the “network of large Italian shoulder machines”, and was included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2013.

10 km

BAROQUE CLASSICAL
MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Baroque Festival is an important cultural event of Viterbese Tuscia.

A mainstay for classical music lovers, the Baroque Festival takes place during the summer and features renowned Italian and international artists who perform against enchanting backdrops: churches and other historical buildings fill with patrons from all over the world and provide the setting for high quality – and often free – concerts.

10 km

MOUTAN BOTANICAL CENTRE

The Moutan Botanical Centre is a one-of- kind mono-thematic garden which boasts the world’s largest collection of peonies tree and Chinese shrubs: the garden has over 200.000 specimens and collects 600 different varieties and natural hybrids. The Centre was established with the aim of collecting every known species and variety of Chinese peonies.

The Moutan Botanical Centre is the result of years of extensive research and opens to the public during the moths of April and May, offering visitors the incredible sights and smells of thousands of multicoloured peonies in full bloom.

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