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VITERBO

Old tourist guides called Viterbo Città delle belle donne e delle belle fontane (City of beautiful women and fountains)

The finest medieval houses of Viterbo are characterized by a profferlo, a decorated external staircase leading to the main door; it is a heritage of rural buildings where the ground floor was utilized for stables and people lived above. The quarter of S. Pellegrino in the southern part of the town retains several medieval houses with more, or less, elaborate profferli.

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Palazzo dei Papi is one of the most important monuments in the city, situated alongside the Duomo.
The massive façade, facing the central piazza San Lorenzo which is dominated by the Duomo, is approached by a wide staircase.
Viterbo remained the papal seat for twenty-four years, from 1257 to 1281.many Popes were elected in the most famous hall of the palace, the Sala del Conclave so called because it was home to the first and longest conclave in history.
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