Italy It is a country that I love. You already know that. I like practically everything: the language, the beaches, the gastronomy ... If we add to this that there are towns as curious as Civita di BagnoregioIt is normal that one wants to visit it every year.
First of all, it must be said that only about four people permanently reside there and that it is nicknamed "the people who die". Below I explain why.
The story of an abandonment
The Tiber Valley is seen like nowhere else from Civita de Bagnoregio. The Etruscans founded it ago 2,500 yearsBut they were not aware of how dangerous it could be due to its location. It is right on top of a clay hill that does not escape landslides and erosion, which is why it cannot be guaranteed that it will remain standing for life. In fact, there are buildings that have disappeared collapsing from their 443 meters high.
Alone 4 brave they dare to live in the town, while the rest of the houses, more or less a hundred, are like the second residence of personalities from culture and the artistic world, who without a doubt seek inspiration among its streets.
This medieval relic, which seems to be suspended in a vacuum, is about 120 kilometers from Rome and came to be dominated by the Romans, who, realizing its instability, decided to abandon it.
If you want to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, you should know that the entry It has a cost of 3 euros per person during the week, a rate that rises to 5 euros on weekends. Why? Well, because you have to pay the maintenance you need to continue standing.
What is worth seeing?
You will not be able to get to the town by car, since the only way to do it is on foot. You have to cross a reinforced concrete bridge that was built by the inhabitants themselves with the aim of facilitating their day to day and attracting tourists, who not only marvel at the 300-meter bridge that connects it to Bagnoregio, but also hallucinate with the San Maria gate and with the Romanesque church of San Donato located in the main square. In addition, it does not lack a small museum called Museo Antica Civitas that is located inside a house.
Lastly, you should know that in tourist times you will not be alone, since there are restaurants, bars, shops and even bed & breakfast so you can spend the night there.
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Journey to and through Civita di Bagnoregio.mov (January 2021)