Nestled between Rome and Tuscany - but without their crowds and high proces - Viterbo remains a largely undiscovered treasure. Being off the beaten path doesn't necessarily equal with isolated though. Getting to Viterbo may not be as easy as reaching any famous touristic destination in Italy, still that little extra time spent travelling will be well rewarded with a special holiday that you treasure for a long time. Here is how you can reach Viterbo.
Leonardo da Vinci - in Rome - is the closest international airport, just over 60 miles away from the city center. Served by all the major airline companies, it will also offer you several alternatives on how to continue your journey once landed.
You can rent a car from one of the nine car rentals available in the airport: a comprehensive list of them and their exact location is here. Driving to Viterbo will take you about 1:20 h, depending on traffic conditions. Alternatively, you can catch a train and reach one of the two train stations in town: Porta Fiorentina and Porta Romana. The journey to each of them with a regional train is indirect via Roma Trastevere station, it takes about 2:20h and tickets start at €11,00 one way. All the information about scheduled trains to Viterbo and tickets are available here, just remember to type “Fiumicino Aeroporto” in the “From” field. The two train stations in town are not that far away from each other and the cost of the ticket is exactly the same for both so you can just select the one closest to your hotel.
Another option is to catch the Leonardo Express – the fast train running every 15 minutes that will get you to Rome Termini station in just over 30 minutes – and then plan your train journey from Rome Termini. For prices and timetables click here, just remember to type “Roma Termini” in the “From” field.
If you are coming to Viterbo from another Italian city, you may opt for a train journey. The railway passing through town is not one of the main arteries of the national train system therefore the smartest thing to do is to get to Orte station if you are coming from the North of Italy and get to Rome Termini station if you are coming from the South. In both stations there are local trains leaving for Viterbo, besides in Orte you will also find a coach service. To check the trains timetable please click here and remember to type both the name of your starting point and your destination one in Italian.
Viterbo is just off the A1 (part of the European road E35), the main motorway that connects the North and the South of Italy, crossing our peninsula from Milan to Rome. The nearest exit is Orte, which is 19 miles away from Viterbo’s city center. Once you have passed Orte’s barrier (the A roads in Italy are toll ones), take the SS675 (toll free) and follow the signs to Viterbo. Please remember to check with your hotel if they have parking facilities as most of the parking spaces in town (especially the ones in the medieval center) are not free and usually get very busy during the day.
Yes, you read that well! Nowadays many are the people who choose to walk the ancient route that Sigeric took from Canterbury to Rome, back in 990 AD. Actually, many people choose a bicycle. Whatever your choice, if you prefer an unconventional, sustainable way of travelling you will find all the information to plan it here and our tips on how to your enjoy your perfect experience in Viterbo are here instead.