My guide to the perfect lazy day in Viterbo
By Brigid Cook USAC Student
Ideally, a morning in Viterbo starts with a slow and short walk to a café for a cappuccino. I make sure to take my time so I can admire the beauty of Viterbo, particularly right now when there’s warm sunshine and spring flowers lining Viterbo’s streets. I drink my cappuccino inside and admire the theatre of Italians in their trademark ‘bars,’ cafes here are much different to home there’s much more of a social aspect. Usually I’m left wondering if everyone from the staff, to the other patrons know each other as everyone seems to talk as if they were friends.
After my morning coffee I continue to walk to my favourite local bench, in the Piazza del Plebiscito. The bench overlooks one of the busy squares in Viterbo, which is great for people watching. Usually when it’s warm outside I like to just sit and read a book, whilst listening to the sounds of people going about their day.
During the mid-morning, a great way to spend time is through visiting some of Viterbo’s local museums. One of my favourites being the church which holds Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is a saint whose body was found naturally perfectly preserved, these days she is displayed right here in Viterbo for everyone to see.
By lunch time I’m usually looking for a light snack, my favourite is Viterbo’s Pizza DJ. The price, quality of the food and customer service are just some of the reasons Pizza DJ is my favourite lunch time snack. Pizza DJ is run by a very nice polish man, who is always eager to help us study abroad students practice our Italian even though he doesn’t speak English. I’m always left challenged to really think about the Italian I know, as he asks me questions like “where are you taking your pizza?” or “are you studying today?”
In the afternoon I want one thing, and one thing only: Gelato. There’s nothing I’m going to miss more about Italy than gelato, and Viterbo has some amazing kinds. My favourite serve is café and vanilla with cream, delicious! I love to go the park and eat, after which if the weathers warm enough, I take a nap in the sun whilst lying on the grass.
Around 7pm, I like to go to the shopping district in Viterbo. The usually quiet streets of this district are filled with late night shoppers around this time, meaning that you truly get to be immersed in authentic Italian culture. Viterbo houses both high end and affordable fashion, as well as local produce stores that sell things like local wine, fresh pasta and sauce, jams and honey.
When I’m done wandering the fashion distract it’s time for dinner. Viterbo’s local restaurants are packed with flavour, and authenticity. In cities like Rome, I’ve sometimes found it can be hard to find food that isn’t influenced by American culture and that is authentic. The best thing about Viterbo is that authentic food is everywhere as it isn’t a city plagued by tourists. There is so much good food I cannot list a single favourite restaurant!
My perfect lazy day ends with an impeccable meal, my favourite being fettuccini carbonara with a glass of red from the Chianti region.0