Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita is a fraction of the municipality of Bagnoregio, in the province of Viterbo, which is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Civita di Bagnoregio is a surreal place, located on the top of a tuff hill and reachable only via a narrow pedestrian bridge. Due to the continuous erosion caused by torrents, rain and wind, it was defined as “The dying city” by the writer Bonaventura Tecchi. Founded by the Etruscans, it was then subjected to various dominations and in the Middle Ages it acquired much of its shape, which was then enriched in the Renaissance. The area is located in a highly seismic zone, so much so that the Etruscans already implemented some works to protect it from earthquakes. Worth visiting are the Porta di San Maria, the main square, the Renaissance buildings, the small Antica Civitas Museum, built inside a house, and the cave of San Bonaventura, an ancient chamber tomb dug overlooking the wall of tuff.