About the Viterbo, Italy Program
The Viterbo program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.
- Population: 65,000
- Distance from Rome: 40 miles
- Distance from Florence: 103 miles
Viterbo is a medieval city and university town in central Italy rich in historical, artisitc, and monumental legacies. Protected by a medieval wall, Viterbo's fountains, palaces, quarters, and churches all exemplify its glorious and eventful heritage of art and culture. It is about one and a half hours from Rome and three hours from Florence, with easy connections to the Mediterranean and mountain regions. Viterbo residents have retained the charm and leisurely quality of life of days gone by. They still retain, for the most part, the tradition of closing from 1 pm to 4 pm in order to enjoy a relaxing lunch at home with the family. Each Saturday, there is an outdoor market in the main piazza where people browse and shop for clothes and houseware items. Fresh produce from local farms is also sold every morning in outdoor markets around town. Viterbo cuisine is some of the best in Italy thanks to the city's green surroundings, zero pollution, and the "art" of entertaining. Two local dishes not to miss are Lombrichelli alla viterbese and Acquacotta. Be sure to visit the Sagra festivals throughout the summer where one can sample pasta, gnocchi, and more.