is a small town and comune
in the Province of Viterbo
Situated near Bolsena Lake
and Mezzano Lake
, is important for vulcanic underground activity near the inhabitated centre. It has a small rock with a medieval palace by Farnese
family, surrounded by medieval stone houses.
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.
- The Palace of Ranuccio Farnese
- The Three Fountains
- Museum of Earth, inaugurated in 1999