The dying city – Civita di Bagnoregio

9 Jun

I just wanted to share this trip we made to Civita di Bagnoregio, a fairytale city in the midst of the Umbria hills between the lake of Bolsena and Orvieto. Our friends in Rome, David and Marcello, told us about this ‘dying city’ and when I saw the pictures I couldn’t believe my eyes. It looked just out of a Lord of the Rings movie! We decided to go there, on a Saturday afternoon and when we arrived, we were amazed. The pictures we had seen did not even grasp what was there.

The city was founded by the Etruscans 2500 years ago (you can still visit on of their houses they built in the caves of the rock!) on a plateau of volcanic tuff stone. By the 16th century, the hillside of the city started to crumble because of an earthquake and parts with houses fell of the rock into the valley. In the years after that more and more of the city fell of and the mayor of the neighbour city Bagnoregio encouraged every citizen to leave Civita before the city was swallowed. A few people ignored this and the city was never abandoned totally. In these days only 21 people live in the city.

We climbed the road towards the city center and walked around the medieval streets. Afterwards we had a nice apiritivo. If you are in the area, please don’t forget to visit this beautiful medieval pearl!

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