The main tourist attractions of Viterbo are largely found in the historic center of the city, although the Borgo San Martino in Cimino outside the city is also very interesting. Many of the main palaces in the city were built at the time the popes used to take refuge in the city.
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The Terme dei Papi (“Baths of the Popes”) are popular hot springs outside Viterbo in the Latium region. Used as far back as the time of the Etruscans and Romans, today the Baths have an entire industry built around them, with mud baths, hydro-massage and more.
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The Duomo di San Lorenzo is located in the square of the same name in Viterbo. Especially from the half of the 13th century, when a succession of popes had their residence in Viterbo, this cathedral was very important.
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The most important museums in Viterbo are the Museo Civico and the Archaeological Museum, which deals mainly with the Etruscan history of the city.
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The Piazza della Morte (“Square of Death”) is located in the center of Viterbo, a short walk from the Piazza San Lorenzo and the city’s Cathedral. Attractions are the ancient fountain and the Santa Giacinta Church.
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The Piazza Scacciaricci is a square along Via San Pellegrino in the Pellegrino district of Viterbo. It is unusual in the sense that its construction was paid for by the common people of the city.
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Just like in most medium-sized Italian cities, public life in Viterbo takes place in and around the squares of its historical center. These squares are often graced by beautiful fountains and of course the most famous ones are flanked by elegant historical buildings.
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The most important church in Viterbo is the cathedral, dedicated to San Lorenzo. Of course, a city with a nickname like Città dei Papi cannot fail to have a number of beautiful churches and basilicas, both inside and outside the downtown district.
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The Piazza San Pellegrino is the central square in the Pellegrino district of Viterbo. There are a number of interesting buildings in this square, the most famous being the Palazzo degli Alessandri.
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The Città dei Papi, or “City of Popes,” as Viterbo‘s nickname used to be because so many popes took refuge there, naturally needed homes for these influential gentlemen. To this are added the buildings erected by the municipality itself, which together form the Palazzi Comunali.
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