Viterbo is a town located 80km north of Rome. The city is characterized by a landscape of volcanic origin; The two lakes which surround it are enfeebled by ancient craters of volcanoes, now extinct. This historical city has preserved its appearance of the XIII century, therefore, by discovering it, one has the impression of making a trip in the past. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, Viterbo played a very important role. As the city of Rome struggled against chaos, Viterbo became the refuge of the popes. There was a time when Viterbo was larger and more beautiful than Rome, the architecture of the buildings, the squares, the fountains the cathedrals and the Papal Palace made of Viterbo a unique place.
The Rome real-estate market represents, with the one of Milan, almost 70% of the Italian housing sales. In 2006, the residential market reached its peak regarding the annual sales but due to the 2007 crisis, this market was considerably impacted. Since 2014, the sector has started to rise and this increase may stabilize over the years. This growth is favoured thanks to low interest rates on mortgage loans. Besides, since 2008, prices have been lower, which is a major advantage for investors. Despite the previous elements, the Rome real-estate market is particularly attractive for foreign investors. It is the perfect time to invest and realize a nice capital gain in the next few years.
The main investors who choose Italy as the country to purchase a property equally come from the United Kingdom and Italy. The majority of the other investors come from Russia and the rest of Europe.
It is possible to buy a property in Italy if you respect the various administrative formalities. It is highly recommended to contact a professional of the real-estate sector. The signature of the sales contrat must be held before a notary. The latest will deal with the writing of the contract, the transaction registration as well as the payment of various taxes (such as the local property, the capital gains, the wealth and inheritance taxes).
Even if Rome can be visited all year long, the period from November to March is mainly rainy and temperatures are colder. However, during these months Rome is less frequented by tourists so it is the perfect time to peacefully discover the city. Besides, prices are lower, except during the affluence period of Christmas and Mardi Gras.
From April to October, it is the best moment to enjoy Rome as the weather is particularly favourable and places are less crowded in April/May and in September/October. However, during the Holy Week in Easter and the Rome marathon, millions of tourists converge to Rome to attend these international events.
The months of July and August correspond to the hottest period in Rome, with suffocating temperatures. But the numerous "Nasoni" fountains, with fresh and drinkable water, allow to quench your thirst between two tours.
Palazzo dei papi is a massive building that overlooks the FAUL Valley (former monument transformed, which today offers splendid panorama). It is one of the city's most important buildings, and it has housed the longest Conclave in history, which lasted more than 1006 days and which gave its name to the Hall of the Conclaves . At least five popes have been elected in this Hall of Conclaves.
The Cathedral of San Lorenzo is one of the main churches of Viterbo. Originally built on the ruins of a pagan temple dedicated to Hercules, San Lorenzo Cathedral has undergone many renovations, like most of the monuments of Viterbo that were affected by the bombing of the Second World War. The central part of the building is composed of a commate floor which is a typical paving style from the medieval period in Italy. On the right side of the building is the 15th century baptismal fountain and on the left side are the chapels of St. Catherine and St. Valentino.
As the famous saying states it:"All roads lead to Rome" and this exceptional city has a lot to offer thanks to its 28 centuries of history. Rome, the capital of Italy, is situated in the Latium region, in the center of the country and next to the Tiber river. Nicknamed the "Eternal City", Rome is also the capital of Catholicism as it includes the enclave Vatican (the headquarters of the papacy), which has been an independent state since 1929.Rome is truly an open sky museum by itself as it has preserved a true architectural cohesion. Antique temples and amphitheaters are parts of the town planning. The countless churches are testament to the early stages of Christianity, along with the sumptuous Renaissance ...