Viterbo, the capital of the province of Viterbo, is one of the few ancient cities in this region not built on a significant hill or mountain.

One of the most distinctive things about the city is that it is still surrounded by intact city walls, which were built during the 11th and 12th centuries.

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What is known is the Etruscans were successful traders and builders; their hilltop cities were often built on steep promontories to be easily defended from invaders.

They were, however, eventually absorbed into the Roman Empire.

In Italy, about midway between Florence and Rome, lies the province of Viterbo.

The region doesn’t receive a great deal of attention from travel sites and guidebooks, but it is dotted with small cities and towns with history that extends back well before Roman times.

Wandering through the center, you’ll notice many external staircases (called “profferli”), which were a common feature of medieval houses.

These unique features are clearly a source of pride for the local residents, who decorate them with planters with brightly colored flowers.

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