Civita di Bagnoregio

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  • Day33

    Civita di Bagnoregio

    October 1, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After one our delicious Italian breakfasts at our B&B we hit the road again. First up for today was a visit to Civita di Bagnoregio, a small town in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy. This whole area is beautiful and just what I imagined Italy to be. Green rolling hills covered with a patchwork of fields in different stages of harvesting, sun shining and another brilliant blue sky.

    And we are getting better at this driving on the wrong side of the road gig. We had a couple of lapses when we would realise we were driving Aussie style but thankfully that was on empty roads so no near misses. We made it in one piece again.

    Civita di Bagnoregio sits on top of a plateau, like an island, and is in constant danger of destruction as the edges of the plateau collapse due to erosion. It was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago but by the end of the 17th century the bishop and the municipal government were forced to move to Bagnoregio because of a major earthquake that accelerated the old town's decline.

    It is now known in Italian as La città che muore, The Dying Town. Civita has only recently been experiencing a tourist revival and is only accessible by walking a long and very steep walkway. It was a bit of a climb and the heights got a bit dizzying at times.

    Because of its isolation it is very much unaltered and still has the original charm of an old Italian town. The population today varies from about 7 people in winter to more than 100 in summer.

    The town was placed on the World Monuments Fund's 2006 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites, because of threats it faces from erosion and we could understany why. It was a lovely town to explore, very picturesque, and it was just amazing that where we stood at some of the look out points were right on the edge of the cliff face. A wee bit scary.

    The only negative to this site is that it is now on the tourist route for the Asian tourists, and unfortunately they are so focused on their selfie poses and photos they don't take time to appreciate where they are and who is around them. We found them to be very rude and obnoxious, so much so, they dampened our visit to this amzaing site. Which was a pity as the place is pretty amazing.
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  • Day3

    Civita di Bagnoregio

    October 12, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    From ghost towns (like the last post from our morning stop) to near ghost towns like this, the internet is great for finding places you know nothing about!
    Civita di Bagnoregio was a dying town brought back by tourism and the internet. One of the most photographed villages in Italy, you can only reach this hill town on foot over a single footbridge. This also facilitated making it the first town in Italy that charges an admission. With 180,000 visitors last year, it keeps the towns TEN residents free of taxes and worries about eroding away!
    We walked up on a hot (26 degree) October afternoon, and wonder what it would be like mid-summer at 30+ degrees and 5 times the tourists (at least!). After our solo sojourn in the morning this definitely feels more like a tourist site, but is still manageable and lovely. The first view of the town is every bit as spectacular as the photos, and the 20 minute walk over is spectacular, with breathtaking views (and steps in places!) to this living 2700 year old hamlet first inhabited by the Etruscans. Now, on Unesco's list of tentative new sites, it has suffered from 'downsizing' of a different sort. As recently as 2015 landslides took several medieval buildings off the plateau to the ravine below! What's left is amazing! We visited and old olive mill and see how the ancients methods aren't always the best however romantic they may seem! Between Donna & I, we take about a thousand pictures, meet up with some touring monks, and bid goodbye to head for our overnight stop in Sorano...
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  • Day138

    Civita di Bagnoregio

    February 16, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Nachdem wir heute morgen den Wetterbericht für die kommende Woche gesehen hatten, beschlossen wir aus der geplanten kleinen Wanderung eine etwas größere zu machen. Wir fuhren nach Civita di Bagnoregio – einem Ort, der wie Orvieto auf einem Felsplateau aus Tuffstein liegt. Er ist ein kleines bisschen vergleichbar mit Mont-Saint-Michel, da es auch hier einen besonderen Zugang gibt. Wer in den Ort (mit 7 Einwohnern) will, muss über eine schmale, steile, nicht befahrbare, 250 Meter lange Fußgängerbrücke gehen.

    Das es etwas Besonderes ist, haben wir bereits auf dem Parkplatz gemerkt, da dort Reisebusse mit vielen Asiaten ankamen. Wie wir herausgefunden haben, ist es für sie ein sehr beliebtes Ausflugsziel, da sie es als Filmkulisse kennen.

    Unser eigentliches Ziel lag allerdings hinter dem Ort. Wir wollten zu den beeindruckenden Lehmfurchen, die um das Dorf herum die Landschaft prägen. Nachdem wir Civita di Bagnoregio durchquert haben, kamen wir auf einen kleinen Wanderweg. Wie schon so oft waren wir wieder alleine unterwegs und mussten bald feststellen, dass dieser Weg sonst wohl nur von Kühen benutzt wurde 🙈. Doch unserer Kampf durch den Matsch wurde mit dem atemberaubenden Blick auf die steilen Lehmnfurchen belohnt!

    Hatten wir am Morgen noch gezweifelt, ob wir warm genug angezogen waren, belehrte uns die italienische Sonne bald eines Besseren. Unsere "Pausenbrote" haben wir auf einer kleinen Wiese genoßen bevor es mit zügigem Tempo wieder zurück ging. Leider hatten wir nämlich nur Kleingeld für 3 Stunden Parkgebühren. Und da zumindest der Parkplatz touristisch geprägt war, wollten wir kein Risiko mit Bob eingehen 😬
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  • Day146

    Visit to Civita

    March 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    One needs to walk into the town, but my back was hurting, but it was still well worth looking at from afar.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Civita di Bagnoregio, Чивита-ди-Баньореджио