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Palazzo Papale (Papal Palace)

  • Piazza San Lorenzo Map It
  • Viterbo
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

This Gothic palace was built in the 13th century as a residence for popes looking to get away from the city. At the time, Rome was notoriously unhealthful, ridden with malaria and plague, not to mention rampaging factions of rival barons. In 1271 the palace was the scene of a novel type of rebellion. A conclave held that year to elect a new pope dragged on for months. The people of Viterbo were exasperated by the delay, especially as custom decreed that they had to provide for the cardinals' board and lodging for the duration of the conclave. To speed up the deliberations the townspeople tore the roof off the great hall where the cardinals were meeting, and put them on bread and water. A new pope—Gregory X—was elected in short order. Guided tours last 40 minutes and start from Museo del Colle del Duomo.

Sight Information


Piazza San Lorenzo, Viterbo, Latium, 01100, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €9, includes tour of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, Palazzo Papale, and Museo del Colle del Duomo
  • Closed Mon.

Published 06/07/2016


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