Province of Viterbo

Latium, Italy

Province of Viterbo
312 864

About Province of Viterbo

Viterbo (Italian: Viterbo province) is a province of Lazio. Its capital is the city of Viterbo.


Viterbo is the northernmost of the provinces of Lazio. It borders to the south with the metropolitan city of Roma Capitale and to the south-east with the province of Rieti. It also borders with the regions of Tuscany (Province of Grosseto) in the north and Umbria (Province of Terni) in the east. The Tyrrhenian Sea lies to the west.

As of 2017, the province has a total population of 318,163 inhabitants over an area of 3,615.24 square kilometers (1,395.85 square miles), giving it a population density of 89.05 inhabitants per square kilometer. The provincial president is Marcello Meroi and the province contains 60 municipalities.


The area of the province of Viterbo contained a series of Etruscan cities including Tuscania, Vetralla, Tarquinia and Viterbo. Viterbo was conquered by the Roman Republic in 310 BC; despite this, minimal information is known about Viterbo until it was used in AD 773. by the king of the Lombard Kingdom Desire as a base against the Holy Roman Empire. Matilda of Tuscany donated the city to the papacy in the 11th century. Frederick I, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, was based in Viterbo while planning to invade Rome in 1153, and Frederick I conquered the city in 1160 while preparing to attack Rome.

After a period as a free municipality, Viterbo became part of the Papal States at the beginning of the thirteenth century. The knights of St. John were expelled from Rhodes in the 16th century and were temporarily granted refuge in Viterbo before they could travel to Malta. Pope Paul III described himself as a citizen of Viterbo and formed a university in the city. It joined the Kingdom of Italy on September 12, 1870 and during the Second World War, Viterbo was heavily bombed.


Viterbo, the Palace of the Popes.

Panorama of the walls of Civita Castellana.

Tarquinia, mural painting in the tomb of the leopards



Source: Wikipedia
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