Civita di Bagnoregio

Stunning hidden gem!
The 1200-year-old Civita di Bagnoregio is one of many Italian villages in danger of extinction…

The Medieval settlement 74 miles north of Rome has a population of just 10 people, who live amid twisting stone paths and centuries-old houses that are perched atop sheer cliffs overlooking deep ravines to the sea beyond. And if that were not enough, one detail separates it from almost every other town: It is reachable only by way of a footbridge suspended at great height over the valley.

Yet all that might not be enough to save the tiny gem that has been dubbed “the dying city.” Built on volcanic ash, the original Etruscan residents chose to build hilltop villages in Italy, in order to escape the malaria-ridden lowlands. But 21st-century Civita di Bagnoregio faces bigger perils: Landslides and rockfalls that could render it uninhabitable forever. 

Due to the almost unreal silence and quietness that reign over the alleys of Civita is possible to perceive the beauty of every single detail: the historic buildings with their endless charm, the well-kept homes, adorned with climbing plants, cats that populate the town center and seem to be the only residents  (


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