Civita di Bagnoregio is technically outside the borders of Tuscany, but it’s just a matter of a few kms. It lies at the intersection of three Italian regions: Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio), and is a real art jewel. The town’s only connection to the outside world is a 300 ms long old bridge, that reaches right to the summit and to the centre, with its tight complex of medieval houses. It is indeed called a “dying city”. It is as if time had stopped in the tiny centre of town, that can be reached easily but only by foot, and where only a few families resist. The borgo is evaporating, and is actually sliding down the slope. Tomorrow it could be completely lost and become a sort of mirage, one more dramatic testimony of human frailty.
As it is almost certain that the place is doomed, and the surrounding landscape is so dreamy and unreal, with the gloomy, clayey calanques and ravine contrasting with the vivid colours of tuff rocks, Civita di Bagnoregio is expectional and rare. It’s both a sunny and twilight place, it varies according to the mood of the visitor who looks at it from the top of the Belvedere precipice. A stage of your journey through Italy you cannot miss.