"Live so as not to fear death. For those who live well in the world, death is not frightening, but sweet and precious" − St. Rose of Viterbo, Patron Saint of the City (1235-1252)
Just 100 kilometers from Rome, Viterbo is a dazzling ancient city situated between two magnificent lakes, Bolsena and Vico. The geography of the lakes feeds the thermal springs just outside of the town. Enclosed by walls made of lava stone, Viterbo has spectacularly preserved medieval architecture and an abundance of antiques. Its picturesque location is typically overlooked by tourists traveling among more popular cities and offers the curious visitor the perfect opportunity to discover a smaller-scale city with grand appeal.
Along our walking tour, we will learn of the city's history of leading anti-papal sentiment and come to know the Antipopes who made this city their home and safeguard. The Viterbo historic center of San Pelligrino is one of the best preserved medieval towns in all of Italy. Here you may see the intact authentic stonewalls that were vital in protecting the residents from Papal attacks. As we walk through Viterbo's Piazza della Morte and Piazza del Plebiscito, history can be seen through its magnificent architecture. We will visit the Papal Palace and Cathedral of San Lorenzo. We will have the opportunity to discuss the importance of these important Papal "hideouts." Viterbo will surprise you with its wealth of stories and rich history.