Civita di Bagnoregio: The Dying Town

The Palladian Traveler

Civita di Bagnoregio | ©
Looking over your shoulder for the better part of two-and-a-half millennia, waiting for the other shoe to drop, is probably not the best way to cope with Mother Nature. But, that’s exactly what the tiny village of Civita di Bagnoregio has been doing since the innovative Etruscans discovered a rocky peak far from the madding crowd where only eagles dare and decided to call it home.

Civita di Bagnoregio | ©
Surviving more than 2,500 years of wind and erosion, this tightly knit community struggles to ward off the “Grim Reaper” as it sits strikingly atop a pinnacle of brittle volcanic tufa that overlooks the Tiber River Valley in the province of Viterbo in the Lazio Region of Central Italy.

It’s no surprise that Civita is known as il paese che muore (the dying town).

Civita di Bagnoregio | ©
Admired for its architecture, Civita is in constant danger of total collapse as its edges slowly erode and fall off, leaving the…

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