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Civita di Bagnoregio

The City that Dies

Summer is coming, the best season to visit our beautiful Italy.

In this article I want to show you one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.

From the small city of Bagnoregio, in province of Viterbo, crossing a long bridge in the spectacular “Calanchi’s Valley”, we can arrive at the Civita di Bagnoregio village.

Built by the Etruscans on a high ground, the houses date back to Medieval and Renaissance Ages.

During the centuries, this charming village, was gradually abandoned.

Today the citizens are only around ten (this is the reason Civita is called “the city that dies”).

Fixed in time, Civita di Bagnoregio preserves intact the original structure: stone-houses, little streets and ancient find.

Silence and serenity cover the Church of San Donato, which dates back to the fifth century, showing some Renaissance elements and containing Perugino’s affresco and a wood Crucifix from about fifteenth century of Donatello’s school.

Also, we can visit San Bonaventura’s native home, the most important biographer of San Francesco of Assisi.

Civita di Bagnoregio is animated today by a lot of events like the living Nativity scene during Christmas time or the “Palio della Tonna” (a running race on the donkeys back) in June and September; or the “Tuscia Jazz Festival” during the last week of July and during the first week of August.

Civita di Bagnoregio has been the set for films and TV series: for example the soap opera “Terra Nostra 2”, “The Two Colonels” with Totò and “Pinocchio” (2009).

For those who want to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, it offers a lot of restaurants and picturesque trattorias, where the flavour bonds with history and a glass of red wine, combined with a good typical dish, cuddling us in a place full of tradition, where you can breathe the atmosphere and the life of one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

By Davide Corsini

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