Once a glorious medieval city, Viterbo has flourished through the centuries thanks largely to the generous hands of numerous popes. Today it has a certain grandeur that is difficult to find outside of Rome, and the city is considered to be one of the best preserved examples of medieval Italy.
For the locals, however, it’s simply a beautiful place to shop, stroll and relax in the many alfresco cafes.
Viterbo has a bit of a coffee and cake culture – a rare thing in Italy – so you’ll have plenty of excuses to sit at a sidewalk table and enjoy the sights or simply watch the effortlessly elegant Italians as they go about their day.
Viterbo is best known for its proliferation of profferl or the external staircases that were common in medieval homes.
You can soak up the best of the medieval architecture in the San Pellegrino quarter.