Viterbo (also known as Tuscia) is the largest province of Lazio in northern Italy. The volcanic landscape of Viterbo, Italy, means much of the province consists of barren land and large crater lakes, giving Viterbo a timeless and humbling atmosphere. The 40km of Tyrrhenian Coastline is a particularly good place to relax on the soft sands of northern Italy.
There are many different landscapes in Viterbo Province, more than you could explore satisfactorily from a single holiday to holiday rental accommodation in Viterbo. The Tyrrhenian Coastline is the most famous part of the province, with its multiple sand and pebble beaches which form a natural boundary between land and sea.
The huge crater lakes of Viterbo are extremely picturesque, and much of the area has been protected by being included in large swathes of national parkland, which attract walkers and mountain bikers who enjoy travelling slowly through some of Tuscany’s most dramatic scenery. The volcanic landscape in inundated with natural thermal springs, some of which have been modified for use by locals and tourists. The Terme dei Papi is one of the finest natural spa facilities, where waters erupt from the earth at around 40°C. The sulphurous natural pool of Bagnaccio is a serene pool in the middle of the Viterbo countryside, which is one of the best spa experiences you can have!
Viterbo Province is extremely rich in Etruscan heritage, as this was originally an Etruscan stronghold. The sites of Tuscania, Vulci and Tarquinia are among the best, but you will be hard pushed not to find a sight of interest during you holiday in a Viterbo villa as there are a huge variety of sites, all clearly marked on maps available from the Viterbo Tourist Office.
The city of Viterbo is an ancient city just 60 miles from the centre of Rome. Still encased by its magnificent stone walls, Viterbo’s old city centre is a magical place to visit. As you enter through the old town gates, you will be instantly endeared to Italy’s finest medieval city centre, as the architecture is simply stunning. It is here where you will find the Papal Palace, Academy of Fine Arts, and the Italian gold reserve.
Viterbo benefits from the moderate temperate climate of Lazio, meaning that summers are long, hot and dry, with average temperatures of around 28°C from the end of May until late September. Winters are also remarkably warm, averaging 13°C in January (the coldest month of the year).
In order to reach a Viterbo property you are probably best flying to Rome International Airport (FCO), and either hiring a car or taking the train which takes you direct to the city of Viterbo. This is a delightfully secluded area, and visitors must make a little effort to reach their Viterbo accommodation, although be assured, it really is worth it.