Civita di Bagnoregio is in the province of Viterbo, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and dating back to the Etruscan era, population that lived in central Italy before the Romans.
The name of the city that dies derives from the present condition of a continuous erosion of the tuff rock on which it was built. This is the reason why Civita di Bagnoregio is destined, sooner or later, to disappear and why its inhabitants have decided, over the years, to abandon it: there are only 16 people living here.
An inevitable destiny that however has not prevented Civita di Bagnoregio from becoming one of the most fascinating villages of Italy where thousands of tourists travel every year.
Civita di Bagnoregio, a village of only 16 inhabitants
Bagnoregio is perched on a continuously moving tuff hill that has caused many landslides over the years; this has not prevented Civita di Bagnoregio from keeping its visible charm.
The town Civita di Bagnoregio can only be reached on foot and crossing a panoramic bridge with a striking view. To access the village, one must pass through the Porta di Santa Maria; in the main square of Civita di Bagnoregio there is the Church of San Donato, known for the presence of a wooden crucifix of 400; the Episcopal Palace, with a 16th century mill; the birthplace of the Franciscan friar San Bonaventura.
How to get to Civita di Bagnoregio
Civita di Bagnoregio is located in the province of Viterbo near Montefiascone. The village can only be reached on foot, via a bridge. To get to the historic center you must then go through a series of steps as the village is structured uphill.
Once in the heart of Civita di Bagnoregio it is possible to get lost in its evocative alleys and to enjoy several panoramic spots overlooking the Valle dei Calanchi. A highly suggestive place whose origins are lost in the history of the Etruscans that worth to be visited. On the other hand, the dying city is not destined to live for a long time, a reason for which to visit it before it disappears is an advice to be taken into consideration.