Every region of Italy is famous for something. But when you share a region with the nation's fabled capital, Rome, it's not easy to stand out. This may be one of the reasons why Viterbo, a beautiful city north of Rome with ancient papal palaces and popular hot springs, is rarely on the list of tourists' must-see sights. Viterbo is part of the magical swath of central Italy known as Tuscia, a homeland to the ancient Etruscan people. Romans and other Italians like to come up here for the spas and the greenery and the areas of historical interest that are spread among the area's small cities and villages. Whenever I find a quiet cafe where I can sit down and plough through some reading, I consider myself fortunate to be able to work in a place like this.