by Connor Scott Noble
Viterbo is a city renowned for its pristine maintenance as a medieval town. Much
of the commune resembles its humble origins and ancient structure, and modernity has
found its way into the walls with little rush. But nowhere is the maintained antiquity of
the city more apparent than in the Viterbo Underground, a series of tunnels which snake
beneath the entire city, and have stood for centuries with an astounding amount of
purposes. Today, a section of the underground has been cordoned off as a museum,
which holds and represents much of Viterbo’s history. The tunnels hold many items of
note from Viterbo’s history, including a replica of the town’s square during the middle
ages, an alchemist’s stand and torture devices from the town’s more macabre histories.
Along the way, there is an audio guide offered in multiple languages that recounts some
the glories and dark times of Viterbo’s history, and the extensive uses of the tunnels in
which the museum is based. It is truly a fascinating and chilling experience that may not
be for the faint of heart, but is surely a worthwhile expedition into the intimate histories
of the city.