Lake Vico Nature Area

Lake Vico is a volcanic lake, the highest above sea level in Italy and is surrounded by vast crops of hazel trees. The nature reserve is called “Little Switzerland” because of its beauty. Its surface has been greatly reduced in the time of the Etruscans for the construction of an Read more…

Church of St. Eusebius

The Romanesque church dates from the seventh century. The interior has three naves divided by columns and there are some frescos, including the Last Supper of the XII Century, the ‘Redeemer Blessing with the Evangelists’ of the thirteenth century and a fourteenth century ‘Madonna and Child’ with Saints Stefano and Read more…

Santa Maria della Pace

The church was restored at the end of the sixteenth century and there is a fine Baroque altar with a fresco of the Virgin, and an eighteenth-century altarpiece by Sebastiano Conca depicting the ‘Madonna and St. Francis de Sales’ which is considered the best painting of Viterbo era.  

Porta Romana (Roman gate)

The gate was built by the Duke Odoardo Farnese designed by Vignola in 1618. It separates the historical centre of the town from the south. In 1857, a clock tower was added which then was removed in 1954 to lighten the load on the structure.  

Fountain of Liocorni

The fountain is attributed to Vignola, the architect preferred by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese although in reality it was commissioned by Cardinal Antonio Gentili from Faenza. It was built of sandstone in 1566 and is decorated with the Farnese lilies and unicorns. The water comes directly from the mouths of the Read more…

Town Hall

The building dates back to 1552 and was commissioned in 1498 by the community of Ronciglione to give a home to the City Council. It was renovated in 1744 when it also received a clock designed by the architect Sebastiano Cipriani. Since 1816 it has been the seat of the Read more…

The Fortress

‘La Rocca’, The Fortress, has large corner towers that mark its impressive size. It was built in the Middle Ages by the Vico Prefects to guard the only natural access to the city. Under Della Rovere the fortress underwent major changes and in 1475 Pope Sixtus IV entrusted the work Read more…

Guide of Ronciglione

Ronciglione has a prime location near two rivers, a lake and the slopes of Mount Cimino that encouraged settlements since the Etruscan period when it was a commercial centre. The Romans built a Castrum between Via Cassia Cimina and Via Cassia Clodia. The first texts that mention Ronciglione are dated Read more…

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