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Viterbo (Viterbo province)

A town of northeastern Lazio: 42°25N, 12°6E. Altitude: 326 m. Population in 2003: 59,400.
It is a view out onto the city of Viterbo (in the Lazio, central Italy) from under the loggia of its Town Hall.

The view from the courtyard of the Palazzo Comunale.

Viterbo is a large agricultural center and provincial capital in northern Lazio, 85 km N of Rome and 43 km S of Orvieto (Umbria).

As usual, a more nearly complete small website will be forthcoming, by and by. For good fairly detailed historical information, see the article Viterbo (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1911); and for further, more complete information, see the sites linked in the navigation bar at the foot of the page. More specialized (or to speak truly, more idiosyncratic) pages currently onsite:


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If you are planning a trip to the area, you should find it interesting and maybe even useful to read the Nov. 11‑12, 1994 entries of my diary, with additional photos; for more complete and detailed general information on the town, you should see the websites in the navigation bar at the bottom of this page, of course.


[image ALT: A stylized representation of a metal hand-mirror, taken from the binding of a book. It is an Etruscan mirror motif representing that book, George Dennis's 'Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria'.]

The serious student with an interest in the Etruscans will not want to miss the little chapter on Viterbo in George Dennis's Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria, in which he talks mostly of a nexus of frauds perpetrated on historians by the notorious forger Annio of Viterbo whose all-consuming life ambition was to make us all think that his city was the greatest of all Etruscan cities (it wasn't).

Page updated: 19 Mar 09