Civita di Bagnoregio is certainly one of the most beautiful villages to visit. It is famous all over the world as “The Dying City”, and can only be reached on foot by crossing a suggestive bridge that crosses the Valle dei Calanchi.
It is one of the most famous destinations for both national and non-national tourism (it is estimated that every year more than 700 thousand visitors visit Civita).
The village perched on the famous spur of tufaceous rock to defy time and erosion is located in the municipality of Bagnoregio in the Valle dei Calanchi, counts eleven residents from the census and is often part of a zonal itinerary that has tuff as its main theme. Civita-Orvieto and Pitigliano-Sorano-Sovana (the Maremma tuff cities).
The village boasts two thousand years of history and is essentially Renaissance in appearance even if the origin is Etruscan, reachable only on foot by crossing the bridge that connects the tuff spur to the Belvedere. Several collapses over the centuries have caused churches and important structures to sink into the valley, and it is perhaps this sense of precariousness and fragility that makes this place even more suggestive. You enter the town from Porta Santa Maria. For the rest, there are a whole series of small alleys and alleys where numerous negotiations and tourist activities have developed over the last few years. From the views you can always enjoy a breathtaking view. The center of the village is Piazza San Donato, in ancient times it was the forum and today it is called “the square”. On the front side the facade of the Duomo of San Donato. A peculiarity of the village is the presence of numerous and beautiful cats, increasingly photographed while resting in the shade on the walls or while wandering in the streets of the village, hence the definition “cats of Civita”. Walking through this village you really get the feeling that time has stopped.
To visit Civita you pay a 3 euro ticket on weekdays and 5 on holidays.
Another way to experience Civita is from the Belvedere, where you park your cars before taking the bridge that leads to the Borgo. This is the best spot for taking panoramic photos.