Just over an hour from Rome, and about 30 minutes from Adventures in Italy’s home base of Orvieto is the delightful hilltop town of Civita di Bagnoregio. The only way to reach Civita is to pay the toll and cross the 300 meter footbridge linking the town to the larger city below.
Founded by the Etruscans in the 7th century, Civita sits atop a plateau of volcanic tuff overlooking the Tiber River Valley. It’s the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, but his home has long since fallen off the edge of the cliff, as Civita slowly erodes.
Civita boasts more feline residents than human, only about a dozen people live here year-round.
The main piazza boasts the Church of San Donato. The piazza is home to the start of wild donkey races in June and September, and the place to watch the live nativity scene at Christmastime.
Sweeping views and hidden spaces abound. Take a wander, enjoy a fresh fabulous meal and visit local artisans. While there may only be a few residents, there are plenty of places to stay if you chose to spend the night.
Civita di Bagnoregio is definitely worth a visit!
Michelle Logue leads cultural and creative adventures in Orvieto, Italy. With a mandate to provide "travel that transforms", Adventures in Italy gives guests an immersive experience. After more than 15 years of return trips, Orvieto has become a welcoming home base surpassing the typical Italian vacation.
Adventures in Italy operates trips in May and September, with two options: Artistic Enrichment nurtures creative expression, while Discover Orvieto invites visitors to focus on the history and culture of Orvieto and live as locals. Find out more about tours and special offers by following Adventures in Italy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit www.adventuresinitaly.ca
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