Piazza Cappella, Viterbo
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Piazza Cappella, Viterbo

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Perhaps due to the pleasant tranquillity in Roman times, we have no news of the city of Viterbo for many centuries, until the last of the barbarian invasions, that of the Lombards, who took over territories of Tuscia from the Goths.

Since then, Viterbo grew in and around a fortified hill, to become one of the largest cities of the province. In 1194 the bit key was moved here from Tuscania, and Viterbo began to be contested between the Guelphs loyal to the Pope, guided by the Gatti family, and the Ghibellines faithful to the Emperor, led by the Tignosi family.

Viterbo was finally won by the Guelphs, and became so loyal to the Popes that many of them chose to reside here, after Pope Alexander IV who, among other things, started building the Popes' Palace, Viterbo's most famous monument. Since then, Viterbo is also known as the "City of the Popes".

Piazza Cappella lies in the heart of the San Pellegrino medieval quarter.

More info and virtual tour of Viterbo.

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A: Viterbo, Piazza San Pellegrino

by Marco Chiaudano, 30 meters away

Viterbo, Piazza San Pellegrino

B: piazza San Pellegrino in medieval Viterbo, Italy

by Dab Yob, 40 meters away

Piazza San Pellegrino, one of several squares in medieval Viterbo.

piazza San Pellegrino in medieval Viterbo, Italy

C: street in medieval Viterbo, Italy

by Dab Yob, 100 meters away

A street in medieval Viterbo, Italy

street in medieval Viterbo, Italy

D: Viterbo, Via San Pellegrino

by Marco Chiaudano, 120 meters away

Viterbo, Via San Pellegrino

E: Piazza del Plebiscito, Viterbo

by Andrea Ruggirello, 380 meters away

The main square in Viterbo, Piazza del Plebiscito lies at the center of the city, overlooked by the a...

Piazza del Plebiscito, Viterbo

F: Popes' Palace, Viterbo

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Pope Alexander IV built this famous palace, where he and several subsequent Popes chose to reside. It...

Popes' Palace, Viterbo

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H: fountain in "hunting" park, Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Italy

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fountain in "hunting" park, Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Italy

I: fountain in "hunting park" *, Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Italy

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J: park entrance, Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Italy

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This panorama was taken in http://www.360cities.net/area/lazio, Italy

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The name "Italy" is shrouded in mystery; some etymologists trace it to a Greek word meaning "the land of young cattle."

Italy was fond of Jupiter and Mars from the very start, Jupiter for fatherly good luck and Mars for war!

But it all began with Rome. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were sons of Rhea and Mars.

The twins were abandoned at birth out of a fear that they would grow up and later overthrow Amelius, usurper of their grandfather's rightful throne.

Wrongful mis-doings most foul! Treachery and sabotage!! HOW would these two blessed infants make their way in such a world?

As it turns out, the twins didn't have to make their way very far, because one of them killed the other one and then they weren't twins anymore. But that happens later.

First they got rescued by a she-wolf who suckled them with her milk and raised them as her own until they were discovered by the shepherd Faustulus.

Faustulus fed them meat and bread and also raised them as his own until they were old enough to return to Amelius and hack him up as planned. They reinstated the grandfather Numitor to his rightful throne and went off to celebrate by starting a town of their own.

They chose a hilly area where the mama wolf had saved them from certain death in the barren wilderness and began scouting locations.

Romulus liked one hill. Remus liked another. The circle of crows like Romulus' hill, so Romulus killed Remus and named the town after himself. Thus Rome was born and Italy with it.

Text by Steve Smith.

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