Welcome to Viterbo

Founded by the Etruscans and later taken over by the Romans, it developed into an important medieval centre, and in the 13th century became the seat of the popes. It was bombed heavily in WWII, but much of its historic core survived and is today in remarkably good nick. This, together with its good bus connections, makes it a pleasant base for exploring Lazio's rugged north.

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$173.44 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip from Rome to Viterbo, Bagnaia, Thermal Baths & Lake Vico w hotel pickup

This unique and memorable day trip can start from your hotel in Rome, from the cruise port of Civitavecchia or from any accommodation in the area. An expreienced english speaking driver-guide will pick you up with a comfortable new air-conditioned vehicle. You will first reach Viterbo, a lovely town that well preserves its medieval walls and monuments and was the residence of the Popes during XIII century. Here you will visit the Cathedral and the Papal Palace where the first conclave election took place in history. You will also see the tombs of the Popes that lived in the city. After touring Viterbo highlights you will reach Bagnaia and the magnificent Villa Lante with its famous Renaissance gardens. The water games and the architecture designs are fantastic and are a must-see in the region. The guide will take you great places to have lunch with genuine local food and wines ( included in the tour price). A large production of chestnuts, hazelnuts and other agricultural products make local cuisine really tasty and truly worth trying. in the afternoon you will enjoy a ride around the natural volcanic Lake Vico, featured in many movies and very little touched by human hand. The panorama is truly enchanting and you will have the opportunity to take many beautiful pictures. The trip will end with a fun and relaxing swim in the Papal hot baths. These natural sources of hot therapeutic water have been famous since Ancient Rome and for centuries nobles and locals have been enjoying their pools. After this unforgettable day trip the driver will take you back to Rome or any other accommodation in the area you wish to return.

$197.89 Shore Excursions

Shore excursion from Civitavecchia Port to Viterbo and its Villas

You will admire the picturesque medieval historical center of Viterbo, and its nearby Villas: Villa Lante and Farnese Palace in Caprarola. Viterbo, known also as the Papal City, is famous for its 12th century Cathedral and San Pellegrino area, the oldest and best preserved quarter of the town, with its medieval houses and towers, arches, arrow streets running between little piazzas decorated with fountains. Then we’ll move to Villa Lante to admire its amazing gardens and Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola, enriched with stunning frescoes.Lante residence is split into two small twin buildings (even if built at different times) symmetrical with respect to the central axis of the garden that dominates the entire composition through the water path. The Garden of Villa Lante is thus an enchanted place created and wanted by a powerful cardinal in the name of the supremacy of man over nature.Palazzo Farnese is a majestic sixteenth-century used like residence from Alessandro Farnese, nephew of Pope Paul III.After the visits, you will back in Civitavecchia in time to get on board in time.

$45.40 Private & Custom Tours

Viterbo Private Tour with Popes Tombs, Conclave Palace, Duomo

Enjoy a sightseeing and historic 3 hour private guided tour of Viterbo city center. This amazing town is located at the feet of volcanic lakes and natural water springs and was chosen as main residence by the Popes of XIII century leaving Rome behind. The Pontiffs built new monuments and richly decorated churches, palaces, squares and other spectacular sites. A top-rated local guide will show you Viterbo highlights and you will discover many interesting places and precious treasures including the Cathedral and the Priori Palace where some Popes are buried and the first Conclave of history took place. You will travel back in time to the Italian middle-ages. You will also explore one of Europe' best preserved medieval districts: San Pellegrino. It has been the set for  many famous movies (Orson Wells and Fellini  shot here) and tv series. Viterbo is also famous for its wines and cuisine. Your guide will suggest you the most authentic eateries and wineries where to fully enjoy local food.

$872.89 Cultural & Theme Tours

4 Day Lakes of the Centre from Rome

Day 1 Meeting with our guide and minibus in the hotel lobby at 08.30. Departure for Lake Bracciano, the third largest of central Italy, famous holiday resort of the Romans. Arrival to Anguillara Sabazia, a city of 20,000 inhabitants that overlooks the eastern part of the lake and fascinates the tourist with its narrow streets and full of medieval-style stairs. Continuation to Bracciano, greater center of the lake, which stands out for its panoramic views, the Orsini Castle and good food. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, departure for Lake Vico, the highest in Italy. Stop at Ronciglione, which overlooks the southern part of the lake with its beautiful fortress, the Roman Gate and the Municipal Palace. Continuation for Viterbo and accommodation at the hotel.Day 2 - BIn the morning, visit of the old town of Viterbo, already known as "City of the Popes", for having been papal seat in the thirteenth century; such as the Palace of the Popes, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and a beautiful historical center composed of streets and buildings of the Middle Ages. Continuation for Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe, with arrival in Capodimonte, village in the southernmost part of the lake, which stands out for its volcanic sand beach surrounded by Italian gardens. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, a panoramic route to Bolsena, the largest center of the lake, and embarkation by boat for a one-hour excursion to the islands of Bisentina and Martana. Return to Bolsena and then to Viterbo. Accommodation.Day 3 - BDeparture for Lake Trasimeno, the largest lake in central Italy. Arrival in Castiglione del Lago, already a member of the club of the most beautiful boroughs of Italy, today an elegant village on the western side of the lake in which the Ducal Palace and the old Lion Rock stand out. Continuation for Passignano through a beautiful panoramic route of border between the regions Umbria and Tuscany. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, board the ferry to the Isla Mayor, which is in front of the beautiful village. Visit this picturesque set of houses where only 17 people live and then return to Passignano to follow Perugia. Accommodation.Day 4 - BIn the morning, visit the capital of the Umbrian region, ancient Etruscan center and rich city of history and art. You can admire the Palazzo dei Priori, the Fontana Mayor, the Etruscan Gate of the 3rd century BC, the Cathedral and the medieval wall. Free time for lunch. Departure to Rome and end of the tour.

$180.43 Shore Excursions

Private Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia Port to Etruscan Countryside

After you are greeted in the port of Rome, you will proceed northeast through the countryside reaching Tarquinia (located 30 min away from the port) which lies on a limestone plateau just west of Viterbo, overlooking the majestic Tyrrhenian Coast.Formerly the location of a Villanovan settlement where various Etruscan tribes gathered, it surrendered to Rome between 311 and 308 BC. This beautiful city is still home to an incredible array of medieval remains and priceless archeological artifacts. Here you will find the greatest Etruscan museum in the world, with well-preserved sarcophagi, paintings, tombs, frescoes from the 6th to 1st centuries B.C. and the largest Etruscan necropolis.Moving on, you will arrive in the medieval town of Ceri for some lunch and further sightseeing. You will spend the duration of your day inside the medieval walls of the city. Before you are returned back to your ship in the port of Rome.

$115.24 Shore Excursions


After the pick up from the meeting point in Civitavecchia we go to Bomarzo. The monster park or "sacred wood" is unique. Refined ltalian style gardens follow geometric and perspective rationality with embellishments such as wide terraces, fountains with water games and mannerist sculptures. The effects are wonderful: from the  the blocks of peperino emerging enigmatic figures of monsters, dragons, mythological subjects and exotic animals, a crooked house, a funerary temple, fountains, seats and obelisks with carved mottoes and inscriptions.After that you’ll taste a typical Italian lunch in a restaurant in Viterbo city center. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided visit of the old town known as the city of the Popes.