According to the legend, Tuscania was founded by Aeneas’ son, Ascanius, where he had found twelve dog pups. This story has no legs to stand on in modern days, but it does go a long way to proving just how old Tuscania is. This town in the province of Viterbo boasts roots that go as far back as the Neolithic Age and a golden era that began in the 5th century when it became one of the first bishopric seats in Italy. For that, it has plenty of beautiful churches and religious architecture to boast about.
Viterbo, on the other hand, is one of the area’s biggest cities and too flourished through the centuries thanks largely to the generous hands of numerous popes. Today it has a certain grandeur that is difficult to find outside of Rome, and the city is considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of medieval Italy. For the locals, however, it’s simply a beautiful place to shop, stroll and relax in the many alfresco cafes.Viterbo also has its own hot springs complex. You can visit the spa in the centre of the city or head further out to the free pools. Ask the tourist information centre for directions.
Porto Ercole is more upmarket than Porto Santo Stefano. Its shops are chicer and its residents all the snobbier, but they have the right to be, especially if they own the amazing yachts that are docked at the port. Porto Ercole is surrounded by Spanish watchtowers and fortresses. Only one is open to the public – Forte Stella. During the summer months, you can climb it and experience incredible views of the surrounding coastline. Try to time you visit with sunset for an unforgettable memory.