Italy
Civita di Bagnoregio

Discover the surreal beauty of Civita di Bagnoregio, often dubbed the "Dying Town." Teetering atop a plateau overlooking the stunning Valle dei Calanchi, this ancient gem is a testament to Italy's rich history and the unyielding power of nature. Read more

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Perched high atop a hill in the region of Lazio, Civita di Bagnoregio captivates visitors with its timeless charm and enchanting vistas. Founded by the Etruscans over 2,500 years ago, this medieval village seems untouched by the march of time, offering a pristine window into the past. However, the beauty of Civita comes with a fragile note. The town stands on a constantly eroding rock, which over the centuries has led to landslides, causing parts of the town to crumble away. The very factors that make it a picturesque marvel also render it vulnerable, hence its moniker, "The Dying Town."
Apart from its undeniable visual allure, Civita's cobbled streets echo with history. The old stone houses, archways, and Romanesque churches tell tales of a bygone era, while the views of the encompassing valley are simply breathtaking. The town's isolation – it's accessible only by a pedestrian bridge – adds to its serene and almost otherworldly atmosphere.
Civita di Bagnoregio, with its ethereal charm and profound history, stands as a symbol of resilience and beauty. Every cobblestone, every whispering wind, and every sunset viewed from its precipice speaks to the soul, making it a must-visit for those seeking a genuine Italian experience.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Civita di Bagnoregio

The Pedestrian Bridge

The sole access point to Civita, this bridge offers panoramic views of the town and the dramatic canyons surrounding it.

Porta Santa Maria

The town's main gateway, adorned with a pair of ancient lions, welcomes visitors into the heart of Civita.

San Donato Church

Dating back to the 5th century, this Romanesque structure stands in the main square and hosts a wooden crucifix from the 15th century.

Valle dei Calanchi

This stunning geological formation offers a unique lunar landscape, providing a perfect backdrop for photographers and nature lovers.

Museum of Geology and Landslides

Delve into the natural processes that have shaped Civita and the challenges the town faces due to erosion.

Belvedere lookout

A vantage point that offers unparalleled views of the encompassing valley and the sprawling countryside.

Etruscan Caves

Just below the town, these ancient man-made caves provide a peek into the early inhabitants of the region.

Civita's Gardens

Wander through terraced gardens that cascade down the sides of the plateau, each offering a tranquil space to relax and soak in the views.

Bagnoregio Museum

Located in the nearby town, this museum chronicles the rich history of the region, from Etruscan times to present day.

Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia

A short drive away, explore the age-old tombs and the intriguing frescoes that narrate tales of the afterlife.

What else to visit
In and around Civita di Bagnoregio

Sacro Bosco (18.66 km)

Venture into the enigmatic heart of Italy's Sacred Grove, Sacro Bosco. Known as "Parco dei Mostri" (Park of the Monsters), this bewitching garden mingles Renaissance artistry with cryptic symbolism, beckoning explorers to unravel its mysteries.

Marmore Waterfalls (49.95 km)

Spoleto Cathedral (52.56 km)

Perugia (58.26 km)

Perugia, nestled in the heart of Italy's Umbria region, is a hidden gem rich in history and culture. This ancient hilltop city, with its winding medieval streets and stunning views, offers a unique blend of art, history, and gastronomy.

Montepulciano (58.79 km)

Nestled atop a limestone ridge, Montepulciano is Tuscany's crowning jewel. Renowned for its Vino Nobile wines, this medieval hilltop town offers a harmonious blend of artistic heritage, stunning panoramas, and tantalizing flavors.

Capalbio (59.78 km)

Perched high on a hill in southern Tuscany, Capalbio is a medieval gem, often referred to as the 'Little Athens' of the Maremma region. With its well-preserved walls and panoramic views, it's a journey back in time to Italy's romantic past.

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