Calling All Nature Lovers
by Kelsey Moreis
Are you trying to get one of the best views of Viterbo you possibly can? It won’t be able to come to you easily, but involves a nice breath of fresh air and an overall feeling of accomplishment and serenity. To be able to achieve this, it requires a hike up the beautiful mountain called “La Palanzana”. A little backstory of this mountain, is that it is part of the Cimini Mountain range and even has volcanic origins. “La Palanzana” is 800 meters above sea level and requires 3-4 hours, depending on your pace, to make it up and back down the mountain.
The Mountain is located on the road Strada della Palanzana, about a 50 minute walk from Porta Romana Train Station in Viterbo. A way to get to this location is to enter the roundabout from Via Primo Maggio, in the southern direction, and leave the roundabout on Via Primo Maggio, in the northern direction. Taking a right shortly after, you will be on Strada della Palanzana. Staying on this road straight, all the way down until you are near Cappuccini, there will be a sign on the left for the mountain.
I would consider this in between a beginner and intermediate level hike, since the higher one goes up, the more steep the path gets. All that is required for this hike is a good pair of walking shoes and some water. Flashlights are needed if you end up taking a sunrise hike like I did (Highly recommend if it’s not your first time). The different trails are all marked on the trees with red flags so you can always make sure you are going the correct way. You will know when you have reached the top when you see the famous big cross, and of course the breathtaking view of Viterbo.
This hike was extremely invigorating and gave me a different view of Viterbo that you can’t get anywhere else. The perfect time to go is during the months of September and October when the air is cooler and the leaves are falling, but it can be hiked practically any month of the year. This place is well worth a visit if you are an adventurer, hiker, nature lover, or just want a fun and cheap way to see the Tuscia area!