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Once 'The Dying City' now a Resilient Gem: The Remarkable Rebirth of Civita di Bagnoregio

In the Tuscia region, on the border between Umbria and Lazio, a village once sentenced to disappear has defied its fate and emerged stronger than ever. Civita di Bagnoregio, known as 'The Dying City,' or ‘Island in the Sky’  has turned the tables on its destiny and now draws visitors from all corners of the globe.


June, 2024

Aerial view of Civita di Bagnoregio

Situated on a precipitous hill, Civita di Bagnoregio, one of ‘I Borghi più belli d'Italia’ (The most beautiful villages of Italy) was on the brink of extinction due to the erosion of the underlying soil, with only 10 residents left until only a few years ago. However, with its steep ascent, tranquil atmosphere, and breathtaking panoramic views, the town captivated the world's attention and underwent vital consolidation efforts that breathed new life into its ancient stones.

The transformation from 'The Dying City' to a thriving village was no small feat. Advanced technological solutions, such as reinforced concrete wells, anchoring ties securing the most vulnerable areas, and injected nails, played a pivotal role in stabilizing the town's fragile terrain. These interventions, coupled with the unwavering interest of global visitors, have propelled Civita di Bagnoregio into a renaissance of sorts.

Visitors now flock to Bagnoregio, crossing the imposing suspended footbridge to reach the town, each contributing to the conservation efforts with a nominal fee of 5 euros. This gesture symbolizes a collective commitment to preserving the beauty and history of a place as enchanting as it is delicate.

Must-See Attractions in and Around Civita di Bagnoregio

Valle dei Calanchi: Explore the unique clay formations and geological wonders of Valle dei Calanchi, a natural park located close to Civita di Bagnoregio, ideal for hiking and photography.

Tomba della Rupe: Discover the Tomba della Rupe, an ancient Etruscan burial chamber carved into the rock cliffs near Civita di Bagnoregio, providing a glimpse into the area's rich history.

Belvedere di Bagnoregio: Climb to the Belvedere di Bagnoregio viewpoint for a breathtaking panorama of Civita di Bagnoregio and the surrounding countryside, especially beautiful at sunset.

Museo Geologico e delle Frane: Visit the Geological Museum of Civita di Bagnoregio inside Palazzo Alemanni, in piazza San Donato, to learn about the fascinating geology of the region and the erosion processes that have shaped the landscape.

Wine Tasting at Falesco Winery: Indulge in a wine tasting experience at Falesco Winery in Montefiascone, known for producing excellent wines such as Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone.

Palazzo Orsini: Explore the historic Palazzo Orsini in Bomarzo, a Renaissance masterpiece with beautiful gardens, intricate frescoes, and stunning architecture.

Bolsena Lake: Enjoy a relaxing day at Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe, offering swimming, boating, and picnicking opportunities amidst a tranquil natural setting.


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