Viterbo cathedral San Lorenzo

Viterbo cathedral San Lorenzo

A further day in the Viterbo province, and our target is to reach its capital, Viterbo. After our descent from Montefiascone, we experience a flat hike for the rest of the way.

Our destination is known for its hot springs. We will encounter one of them when entering Viterbo, and we can even use it for free. Viterbo however is well known because during the 13th century, it became the domicile of the pope. Rome then was not safe enough any more.

hiking on the antique Via Cassia

hiking on the antique Via Cassia

Here are some highlights of Viterbo for the sightseeing program: the pope's gothic palace built between 1255 and 1266, the central place «Piazza del Plebiscito» with the «Torre dell'Orologgio», the church Santa Maria Nuova, the cathedral San Lorenzo and finally the old city fraction of San Pellegrino, just to make a short list.

Note(s)

The «Via Francigena» is one of the 3 main christian pilgrimage trails of the Middle Ages, the main axis leading from Canterbury to Rome. This documentation currently covers the most frequented section from Lausanne to Rome.