Latera

Latera is a small town and comune in the Province of Viterbo, Lazio, central Italy.

Latera
Comune di Latera

Coat of arms
Location of Latera
Latera
Location of Latera in Italy
Latera
Latera (Lazio)
Coordinates: 42°37′N 11°49′E
CountryItaly
RegionLazio
ProvinceViterbo (VT)
FrazioniCantoniera di Latera, La Buca
Government
  MayorFrancesco Di Biagi
Area
  Total22.43 km2 (8.66 sq mi)
Elevation
508 m (1,667 ft)
Population
 (1 January 2019)[2]
  Total811
  Density36/km2 (94/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Lateresi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
01010
Dialing code0761
Patron saintSt. Clement
Saint day23 November
WebsiteOfficial website

Situated near Bolsena Lake and Mezzano Lake, is important for volcanic underground activity near the town centre. It has a small rock with a medieval palace by Farnese family, surrounded by medieval stone houses.

History

Latera and its castle are known by documents from around the beginning of the 12th century. It began its long-lasting link with the Farnese family in 1408, when Pope Gregory XII conceded vicardom of the city to Ranuccio Farnese, creating with the namesake city of Farnese a Duchy independent from that of the nearby Castro. The Farnese reigned over Latera until 1650.

Main sights

  • The Palace of Ranuccio Farnese
  • The Three Fountains
  • Museum of Earth, inaugurated in 1999

See also

  • Media related to Latera at Wikimedia Commons
  • Latera travel guide from Wikivoyage



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