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Rome and Latium Hills

Stage 9 goes from Viterbo to Cassino. The Latium countryside will be a surprise with its extended network of secondary roads, surrounded by olive trees, vegetable gardens and vines, or even carved into tuff rock since Etruscan times.

Towns and villages will welcome the traveler cyclists, offering a wide range of historical layers from the ancient Roman and Etruscan heritage, like amphitheatres, to the pilgrimage past from Middle Ages and to the many palaces, fountains, piazzas built in early modern times, when the temporal power of Popes was showed off by architecture and art works.
The entrance to Rome through the city’s longest cycle path along the Tiber river will let the cyclist emerge just near San Peter’s Basilica, at the end of a long perspective view and the papal palace of Gandolfo castle on a side.

  • Ferentino: Cathedral of Santi Giovanni e Paolo

    The Ferentino Cathedral is a Romanesque Roman Catholic cathedral, dedicated to the Saints John and Paul, 2nd-century martyrs from Rome. The present cathedral stands on the site of the town's ancient acropolis. The cathedral was founded in the early 9th century over the remains of a Roman temple by Pope Paschal I.

  • Rome: Vatican City and properties of the Holy See

    The State of Vatican City covers an area extending from a short distance from the right bank of the Tiber and includes a slight elevation, of what was anciently known as the Vatican Hill, the old Ager Vaticanus on which summer villas were built during the republican period. Caligula constructed there his private circus, in which, as in the adjacent gardens, the early Christians would seem to have been martyred. To the north of the circus, along a secondary route, there was a necropolis in which Saint Peter was buried. Between the years 324 and 326 Constantine erected over the place of the tomb of the first Pope, an imposing basilica which was replaced by the actual one built between the 16th and the 17th century.The entire territory of the State of Vatican City is placed under the protection of the La Haye Convention of 14 May 1954, concerning the safeguard of cultural goods in case of armed conflict. Vatican City is thus recognized as a moral, artistic and cultural patrimony worthy of being respected and protected as a treasure belonging to humanity. From 1984 the State of Vatican City is registered in the World Heritage List.

  • Cassino: Abbey of Montecassino

    Cassino is best known for its historic abbey, the abbey of Montecassino, located in 520 m altitude on the hill Monte Cassino. Around AD 529, the first monastery was established there by St. Benedict of Nursia. The monastery has been visited repeatedly over the past centuries by various Popes and senior clergy, among them Pope Benedict XVI. As decided upon in the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, the monastery is one of the few remaining territorial abbeys within the Catholic Church.

  • Viterbo: Neighbourhood of S Pellegrino; Palace of Popes; Cathedral

    Viterbo has one of the best preserved historic centers of central Italy. The Neighborhood of S Pellegrino has an abundance of so called “profferli” – external staircases that were a frequent feature of medieval houses. This makes the town’s architectural style very unique. The Palace of Popes is the most famous building of Viterbo and was built between 1255 and 1266 on the hill of S Lorenzo to protect the Pope. Next to the Palace of Popes, the Cathedral of S Lorenzo can be found. The Cathedral was built in the 12th century in Romanesque style and at the request of cardinal Giovanni Francesco Gambara got a new façade in Renaissance style in the year 1570.

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