The Dying Hilltown: Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio, Lazio, Italy

La città che muore

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Civita di Bagnoregio was once joined to the surrounding countryside

Over the years, landslides have left it stranded in a deep ravine, perched on its own crumbling “tuff” of volcanic rock…

The only way in and out of the town is via a suspended footbridge

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Today the town only has around ten inhabitants…

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Chiesa di San Donato, above

The first glimpse of Civita di Bagnoregio is breathtaking and other-worldly

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The town is sliding into the clay and volcanic ash that it sits upon and could disappear completely without intervention…

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View from neighbouring town Lubriano:

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In January 2017 Civita di Bagnoregio was tentatively listed for World Heritage site status with UNESCO

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This piccolo borgo is a magical and surreal place…

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Civita di Bagnoregio

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First view of the town:

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There’s a very small charge to enter the town…

It’s best to go at daybreak or sunset

To avoid the hordes

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Civita di Bagnoregio

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At 5pm in late June, the town was ours alone

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13 thoughts on “The Dying Hilltown: Civita di Bagnoregio

  1. Amazing! I know about this town through the anime “Castle in the Sky”. The author was reportedly inspired by Civita di Bagnorgio. Is it difficult to get here? I guess you travelled by car right?

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    1. Hi Ken, it’s really easy to get there by car. Driving from Pitigliano in Tuscany, it took about 40 minutes and was straightforward… There’s a designated car park that’s about €2.50 and then you pay about the same to go up to the town. I don’t think it’d be that easy by bus or train. I’ll have to check out Castle in the Sky, thanks!

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  2. Wow! It’s stunning – what a loss if it falls off that cliff! Is there any concern when visiting? Do you think the UNESCO qualification will help sustain it or just bring more traffic and potential damage? Have never seen or heard of this beautiful place – thank you for sharing with #FarawayFiles – cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

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  3. How wonderful! Your photos are fabulous and you’ve totally inspired me to visit this wonderful place. I’m always looking to avoid the crowds too so thanks for the tips about when to visit. I actually quite fancy staying here. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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  4. Well that stopped me in my tracks! I’ve never seen anything like that before – how incredible. I do hope they can stop any further sinking. If the Italians can keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa upright, maybe they can engineer something to rescue this beautiful town.
    #farawayfiles

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  5. Wow! I had never heard of this place (and I watched “Castle in the Sky” once). I recently visited a lighthouse in Denmark that will either be buried in sand or fall into the sea sometime within the next 20 years or so… but an entire town – that is something else entirely! I do hope some clever engineers manage to save it for future generations. Grazie!! #FarawayFiles

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