CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO
This area lies mid way between Rome and Tuscany and it boasts both the scenic countryside of the latter and the historical background of the first.
Civita di Bagnoregio is perched on top of a hill and clinged to the edge of a cliff where it dominates the wide desolated valley made up of calanchi. This isolation is the result of a continuous erosion: the rock upon which Bagnoregio was built rests on layers of clay which over time tend to slip downwards, thus determining the collapse of sections of the rock above them. This explains why it is called “la città che muore”, the dying town.
Civita is connected to the town of Bagnoregio by a narrow pedestrian bridge rebuilt in 1965 after the bombing of WWII that completely erased an already eroded ancient bridge. The walk is long and uphill, but the view is spectacular and you finally enter the town through an Etruscan archway, Santa Maria gate. The town is really small, but the unique atmosphere of such a cozy village is worth a drive from Rome.