By Samantha Melamed
Montefiascone is a small village situated upon a hill about 100 kilometers north of Rome. The walk from my bus stop to the city’s center was accompanied by a magnanimous view of faraway mountains. Initially, I continued to walk along the outskirts to check out the 360-degree view atop the hill. I stopped at Piazza Luigi Boccardo Vescovo to peer out at the expansive Lake Bolsena.
The bucolic landscape surrounding the city contrasts with the medieval center. I fall in love with medieval Italian cities with every narrow cobblestone street I walk on and every piazza I pass through. I like to think I’m virtually walking through history.
Though I wandered around the city aimlessly, I found myself moving towards a destination: Rocca dei Papi. Montefiascone is multi-tiered with every inclined street and Rocca dei Papi is the peak. The remains of the fortress have been transformed into a museum, but to get the best view of the city, climb the tower on site. Add Montefiascone to your list of places to peek at when you visit Tuscia.0