There are not only the Etruscans, or better still evidence of their civilization, in the Viterbese Tuscia. The evolution of art and architecture through the centuries, from the early Middle Ages to the 18th century, is represented across the region. 
This evidence, scattered about the various centres, is of great historic and cultural interest. Starting our journey as always from Viterbo, more precisely from Bagnaia, it is possible to visit the extraordinary Villa Lante; built in 1578 by Vignolàs project, who inaugurated with it the concept of "Italian gardens". 
Villa Lante represents one of the most interesting Renaissance villas to be found in central Italy. The historic town centre, surrounded by an imposing wall, is rich in buildings, fountains and monuments that conferm the past glories of the ancient "City of Popes". In fact, it was in Viterbo, from 1268 to 1271, within the splendid Papal Palace that the first conclave in history was celebrated. Particularly fascinating is the present Piazza Del Plebiscito, that dates back to the second half of the 13th century. 

The Palazzo Dei Priori (dating back to 1264, enlarged in 1448) overlooks the square with its elegant portico and internal garden; the Palazzo Del Governatore, the Palazzo Del PodestÀ (with its soaring clock tower), tha ancient Church of S.Angelo (1145) and the old Prisons. There are numerous medieval, renaissance and 17th century buildings to be found in the historic town centre, especially in San Pellegrino and Pianoscarano areas: Palazzo Degli Alessandri, Palazzo Gatti, (xii century) Palazzetto Poscia (xiv century), Palazzetto Mazzatosta, Palazzo Farnese, Palazzo Del Drago (xv century), Palazzo Chigi (xvi century), Palazzo Brugiotti (xvii century) pottery museum. In the cathedral square in front of the Papal Palace is the medieval Home of Valentino Della Pagnotta (xiii century). 
There is also the Rocca Albornoz, centre of the National Museum of Archeology, an imposing stronghold erected in 1354 by the homonymous cardinal. There are numerous precious Fountains such as the one in Piazza della Morte (12oo), Piazza della Rocca (xvi century), Piazza Fontana Grande (1206), Piazza S.Faustino (1251) Pianoscarano (1367), Piazza delle Erbe (1621), Piazza del Gesù (xvii century), Palazzo dei Priori (xvii century).

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