A small town located half-way between Orvieto and Lake Bolsena, close to Umbria, has Etruscan and Medieval origins.
Civita di Bagnoregio is located on a tuff hill 443 meters above sea level, that can only be reached by crossing a narrow pedestrian bridge, sandwiched between the two deep ravines of the Rio Chiaro and Rio Torbido. Behind the town lies the large valley carved by the “Calanchi”, the clay ridges of the wavy shape and sometimes very thin, exacerbated by bold walls and huge towers, like the solemn and dolomitic “Montione” and so-called “Cathedral” . The scenery offered by the Valley of the Calanchi, and by the town of Civita di Bagnoregio, form one of the most extraordinary and unique landscapes of Italy.
The view from the Belvedere of San Bonaventura Cave is just wonderful: the maroon village of Civita, on which stands the slender Romanesque bell tower of the church, stands as an island in the fragile vastness of the Calanchi.
The charm and silence envelop the visitor sensitive, creating sorrow at the thought that these clay cliffs and unstable, shaped by the waters of streams and rain, slowly drag the valley, the village, already dismembered and halved by the many earthquakes and landslides occurred over the centuries: for this Civita di Bagnoregio is known as the “dying city.”
Civita di Bagnoregio is located about 1 Km from Bagnoregio where you have to pass to get to the village.
The car park is located a few hundred meters from the village, which is only accessible on foot.
Inside the village it is functioning Bar, Bed and breakfasts, inns and restaurants, all at a good price.
To cross the bridge and get to the village, there is a €1,50 fee.
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