Surroundings of Rome: Viterbo, the City of Art of the Popes

While Rome itself is a mosaic of history and culture, just 90 minutes away lies a lesser-known gem that merits a visit: Viterbo. With its enchanting medieval historical center, centuries-old traditions, and relaxing natural hot springs, Viterbo is a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic and rejuvenating adventure during their Roman stay.

Medieval Times, History, and Well-being
Imagine wandering through narrow cobblestone alleys, surrounded by stone buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. Viterbo offers a unique experience, allowing you to explore one of the best-preserved medieval centers in Italy.
An architectural highlight of this medieval town is the Palazzo dei Papi. Built in the 13th century, the palace served as a papal residence and was the site of the famous conclave that lasted three years, from 1268 to 1271, the longest in the history of the Church which resulted in the election of Gregory X. Visiting this place is not just a journey through Gothic art but also a dive into the political and spiritual events that shaped medieval Europe.
Besides the Palazzo dei Papi, Viterbo is dotted with Romanesque churches, noble palaces, and enchanting squares, each with a story to tell. Don't miss the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, with its austere façade and bell tower dominating the city, or the picturesque squares like Piazza del Plebiscito, the vibrant heart of city life.
And after a day of cultural exploration, why not indulge in a moment of relaxation at Viterbo's famous hot springs? The thermal waters of this area have been appreciated since the times of the Etruscans and Romans for their therapeutic properties. A soothing bath in the sulphurous waters can be the perfect way to rejuvenate before returning to city life.

The Machine of Santa Rosa
One of the most spectacular events you can experience in Viterbo is the procession of the Machine of Santa Rosa, which takes place every September 3rd. During this festival, a 30-meter tall illuminated tower weighing 5 tons is carried on the shoulders of 100 men, the "Facchini di Santa Rosa", through the city streets in a path that challenges physical endurance and spiritual devotion. This unique tradition is recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage and attracts visitors from all over the world.

Choose Rome with View for Your Stay
Thanks to its proximity to Rome, Viterbo is the perfect destination for a day trip or a short stay. You can easily reach it by car or with the frequent trains departing from Rome Termini station, making a trip to Viterbo a wonderful addition to your journey in the Capital.
Staying at Rome with View apartments, you will have the ideal base to explore Rome and its surroundings. We offer not only comfortable and central accommodation but also all the information and tips you might need to discover hidden gems like Viterbo.
Do not miss the opportunity to discover Viterbo, a treasure of art and history just a stone's throw from Rome. Whether for a romantic getaway, a cultural holiday, or simply a desire for relaxation, Viterbo will welcome you with open arms.

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