Latera

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Latera
Comune
Comune di Latera
Latera Panorama.jpg
Coat of arms of Latera
Coat of arms
Latera is located in Italy
Latera
Latera
Location of Latera in Italy
Coordinates: 42°37′N 11°49′E / 42.617°N 11.817°E / 42.617; 11.817
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province Viterbo (VT)
Frazioni Cantoniera di Latera, La Buca
Government
 • Mayor Luigi Fiorucci
Area
 • Total 22.66 km2 (8.75 sq mi)
Elevation 508 m (1,667 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 978
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Demonym Lateresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 01010
Dialing code 0761
Patron saint St. Clement
Saint day 23 November

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

The Ducal Fountain (Fontana del Ponte), 17th century.

History[edit]

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[edit]

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

See also[edit]