Title: Civita di Bagnoregio (The Dying City)
Category: Destinations We Visit on Our Soriano Vacations
Author: Daniele Pintaudi Updated: Jan 30, 2019 Views: 7,408
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Civita di Bagnoregio (The Dying City)

One of the most stunning towns in Italy -- A ghost town crumbling away.

First, let's learn how to pronounce that mouthful of a name. Say CHEE-VEE_TAH. Now say DEE. And finally BAHN-YO-REH-JOE. OK, you got it!

Now imagine a Ghost Town... In Italy! This is it. About 2500 years ago the Etruscans built a village here high atop the volcanic tuff cliff. At the time it was connected to land. In fact, a road from Rome went right through here. But over the centuries, erosion has turned this town into something of an island. St. Bonaventure was born here in 1274, but his house has long fallen off the cliff!

Because of the erosion, a tiny footbridge was finally built to access the town, but with such limited access, the town's population has dwindled to what is now a full-time population of just 12 residents! As such, it is nicknamed "The Dying City".

This town is one of the most breathtaking views of Italy, both looking at the village, and looking away from it. The few residents that remain with a small handful of shops and restaurants have planted beautiful flowers all over, leaving this a true treasure that should not be missed.

Until not long ago, Civita di Bagnoregio was largely unknown. But then came Rick Steves who learned of it, and put it in his guides as one of his favorite towns in Italy.


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