Viterbo has been defined for centuries the city of the Popes, in memory of the period in which the papal seat was moved to this city that still bears the signs of that splendor, despite having even more ancient origins.
The “City of the Popes”, the capital of ancient Etruscan origin and of great historical traditions, preserves one of the most important monuments in Lazio.
Aristocratic palaces, monuments rich in works of art of great interest, suggestive medieval quarters, churches and cloisters from various eras, slender towers and elegant peperino fountains (the typical stone of Viterbo buildings).
It has ancient origins (it is believed that Viterbo derives from the Latin Vetus Urbs, meaning Old Town) and has the largest medieval historic center in Europe: with some well-preserved neighborhoods, it is surrounded by walls and surrounded by modern neighborhoods. Viterbo is known as the City of the Popes: in the thirteenth century it was in fact the papal seat and for about 24 years the Papal Palace hosted and saw several Popes elected.