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Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Viterbo

Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Viterbo

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Introduction

Having read the passages on Viterbo in some of the best known guide books to Italy, you might expect a rather drab grey sort of town but great as a centre for Lazio's Etruscan remains. Both things are untrue - to the extent that you might wonder whether the authors have ever been.
Tarquinia and Cerveteri are perhaps the most stunning 'Etruscan' towns. There is no public transport between Viterbo and Cerveteri and even to tarquinia, it is often necessary to change at Tuscania. Even with a car it seems unnecessarily distant
However, coming to the other impression, how on earth can a city with the Palace of the Popes and some of the best lay city medieval architecture in all Italy be anything other than fascinating?

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Sights and Activities

  • Palazzo dei Papi (Palace of the Popes)
  • Cattedrale di San Lorenzo Near to the Palace of the Popes
  • Chiesa di San Francesco if you like Popes' mausolea.
  • Piazza San Pelligrino - very striking group of medieval houses.
  • Chiesa di S. Maria Nuova - 11th century church - extremely interesting cloister, crypt and paintings.
  • Palazzo dei Priori - 13th century building now the town hall in Piazza del Plebiscito'

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Getting There

By Bus

Viterbo is best reached by bus. From Rome take subway line A to the Lepanto stop and transfer to the "Acotral" bus to Viterbo.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
B&B La PalanzanaStrada Palanzana 13GUESTHOUSE-
B&B La Terrazza MedioevaleVia San Pellegrino 1GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel CostieraStr. S.S. Salvatore, snchotel-
Hotel Viterbo InnVia San Luca al Civico 17hotel-
Il Profeta B&B di Manuela ProfetaVia Vico Matrino 3 Vico Matrino - CapranicaGUESTHOUSE-
La ChiesuolaSTRADA CHIESUOLA 16 BAGNAIAapartment-
Relais ParadossoVia di Pianoscarano 83Hotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.

Post

Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 42.4173794
  • Longitude: 12.1048541

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