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Civita di Bagnoregio

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Civita di Bagnoregio is a unique small town that dangerously hangs from a tuff hill; it is located 80m miles from Rome. The village position on top of friable volcanic tuff is a continuous threat of destruction. The soil erosion is typical of this part of the Lazio region.

The city was founded 2,500 years ago by the Etruscans. In 1695 an earthquake isolated it and turned the city into an “island”.  Slowly the inhabitants started to move out. During the 20th century a quarter-mile-long bridge was built to avoid the complete abandon of this gorgeous village. The city was started to be known as “Il paese che muore” (the town that is dying).

In 2006 the town was placed on the World Monuments Fund’s Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites.

Luckily in the last decades the city has becoming more and more popular and many buildings are being restored. The residents are only a dozen but during the summer months many tourists come to enjoy the quiet and beauty of this hidden gem.

Thanks to its isolation Civita di Bagnoregio was able to preserve its authenticity.

Things to see

To enter the city visitors must cross the long bridge and walk through a stunning Etruscan gate. It is still possible to visit some of the caves used by the Etruscan as cellars for cheese and wine.  Walking around the town, with its typical cobblestoned streets, it is possible to admire many beautiful medieval buildings, with their stunning carved lions and eagles, magnificent Renaissance doors that lead nowhere and the nice San Donato Church.

A small but gorgeous terrace is located at the end of the main street. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Calanchi Valley.