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A few kilometers from Rome, in Province of Viterbo, stands one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, a small ancient masterpiece and at the same time full of fragility, a real postcard immersed in the heart of Etruria.

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Civita di Bagnoregio, or “the dying town“, risks disappearing because the tuff hill, just over 400 meters high on which it stands, is undermined at the base by the continuous erosion of two streams and by the action of rains and wind.

It can only be reached through a long concrete pedestrian bridge (a bit ugly, to tell the truth) which represents the only connecting and contacting element between the village and the rest of the world.

It is a village that, when it is far from the tourist flows, appears fundamentally abandoned, so much so that official data speak of just 16 residents.

 

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For the rest, the village consists essentially of locals, restaurants and bars that are besieged, especially during the spring weekends, when the sparkling air invites tourists to explore this beautiful medieval “island”.

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The village is extremely photogenic, so much so that it has often been a place for movies shoots, TV series and commercials.

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You can visit the church of San Donato, but it would be simplistic to list the monuments of the village that instead must be discovered step by step walking along the narrow streets, admiring views of the landscape and the characteristic houses full of floral decorations that make this village a true jewel of Italy.

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Some information

Civita di Bagnoregio is located just over 120 km from Rome (about 2 hours by car) and about half an hour’s drive from Viterbo.

Once in the vicinity of Civita, you can leave your car at the parking lot (click here to see it on the map).

The entrance ticket can be purchased on site (click here for details). The cost varies between 3.00 and 5.00 euros, depending on the days).

 

 

 

 

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