Sunset in the dying city

Ever imagined living in a town with a population that varies from about 7 to 12 people? A town that when you step out of your house you probably know the name of all your neighbours, and that you are conscious of the fact that they may decide to leave the next day just like the others have done in the past?

A town, where the number of cats is ten fold the number of human beings?

This is the story of… Civita di Bagnoregio, also known as “the town that is dying.”

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When I was told about this town, located just an hour away from Rome, I was unable to tame my curiosity. I wanted to see it for myself.

We had planned to be there earlier, but as events of the day unfolded, we arrived just in time for sunset.

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This has to be the most interesting place I have ever visited.

The striking position of the town atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff overlooking the Tiber river valley is breath taking. As we walked up the bridge, my bathmophobia checked in. All over sudden, I just wanted to sit and move no further. Walking up the footbridge and looking back to see where we had come from, scared the hell out of me.

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 With lots of courage and encouragement from other curious minds, we finally reached the top. The first thing I wanted to touch was some of the stones, just to feel how soft they are – which is why they are subjected to erosion leaving the buildings to crumble as the underlying support falls away.

Civita di Bagnoregio boasts of unaltered architecture from the medieval ages, and it stands alive from all the influence of modernity and destruction of world wars.

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After walking around the town, we stopped at the poetic garden with the most beautiful and breathtaking view ever, such a gem in the town.

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I also found out that there is a bed and breakfast place, for those who would like to spend a night or more in the town.

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It also has a piazza with a wine bar just next to it, so this can be a perfect get away destination for happy hunters.

From my visit, I believe it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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In the words of Civita’s most illustrious citizen, the philosopher Saint Bonaventure, he once said, “sentiment penetrates where intelligence does not reach” and the town in many ways represents just that…a place to get lost in, beyond any understanding of it and just live 600 years back in time.

Some things you need to know before visiting Civita.

1.The entry fee is 3 Euros ( Ksh 330), an amount that goes to maintaining the town.

2. It is important to be physically fit before visiting the town. Going up the foot bridge is no joke. Don’t you worry though, I noticed Italian Red Cross paramedics on stand by.

3. If you are extremely bathmophobic or acrophobic, you might want to reconsider.

That aside, can you imagine a weekend in Civita? The town is soooooooo poetic and romantic:-) You really have to see it … something in you will change:-)

Would you give it a try ?

 

With love,

CVR

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    Keydrick

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    This is both street smart and integlilent.

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    Estrella

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    That foot bridge really doesn’t look like a joke. From the pictures, the town kind of looks like a castle that you would see in movies or books. I bet it’s even more beautiful in person. I have added this place to my never ending list of places I want to visit in Italy. Thank you for all the information, can’t wait to check it out.
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    G. Odek

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    Isn’t one such surrounding proof enough to convince us that human beings were destined to live on Paradise Earth? – Ps 37:29

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    Major

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    This is quite an adventure of good memories. Civita is a place u would want to go back 100 times.

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    Gloria

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    Am impressed…beautiful city and captivating read. This is a must visit.

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      CVR

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      Heya Glo. Next summer looks inviting:-)

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      Beryl

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      Hey looks like a good place to visit I doubt if I can do the bridge though..

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    Douglas

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    I say more power to you!

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      CVR

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      Thank you Douglas 🙂

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    Zighe Babu

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    Vidah, this is great… Keep on!!! Breath-taking

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      CVR

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      Heya Zighe. Thanks for passing by PeachesonBlue 🙂

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    Anonymous

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    This is breathtaking!!

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    Anonymous

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    Oh my , oh my !!!! Beautiful !!!!

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    Sasha

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    Yet another beautiful read CVR. This place looks absolutely stunning! Keep inspiring us lady 😍😍😍

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    Carole

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    I just love reading your blog dear! Nice read 📖 👌

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      CVR

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      Hello Carole, am glad you love it! Thanks for passing by 🙂

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    Jolie

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    Wooow amazing read. That’s on my bucket list pap! 😙😙😙 Thank you for sharing your experiences CVR. 😊😊😊

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      CVR

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      Hello Jolie, as always, am honoured you passed by 🙂

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    Anonymous

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    Good read ms.Carydon…if I make to Italy next year this is a must visit site…but you need to remind me the name again and again…

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      CVR

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      Hello Ms. …you know how to reach me 🙂 I will remind you the name again and again..eheheh:-)

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    dallah

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    Oh my word Vidah!!! I would never come back. Beautiful read, so we’ll penned I felt am seeing the place aside from the enchanting pics n breath-taking view yaani am green with envy!! Bucketlist pap . Wait did you talk to the 12 guys? Tell me you took a pic with them hahaha. Do they have law? Like how are they govorned? Am so intrigued ha ha ha. Thanks Bebe. This is beautiful.

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      CVR

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      Heya Dallah bill:-)

      As always, thanks for passing by PeachesonBlue.

      So I talked to three happy souls. Two ladies in their seventies and a granpa. I also took a pic, unfortuantely I am unable to post it since I forgot to ask for rights 🙁 But, that aside, they had the most interesting stories to say. I remember talking to one of them while watering her plants. She tells me, she has seen people leave to go to the new town, which is joined to the old town by the bridge. It has never crossed her mind to leave. Her heart is in the town. I don’t know how she does it because she basically lives on the edge of the cliff! She admits that at times, she gets afraid, seeing that the city fades away year after year. She also affirms that she is happy to be living there and with her many cats. They are governed by the municipality of Cascia. No words can explain much about this place. You just have to see it to live it. BREATH TAKING!

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      Phoebe

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      Lol was gonna ask the same questions! Got the answers ☺. Perfect place to visit. Good job vidah

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        CVR

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        Phoebe, you made me laugh 🙂 As always, thanks for passing by 🙂

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    Mo

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    Captivating read and, indeed, what a captivating city! I’d definitely love to visit and spend a weekend taking in the city and enjoying good wine and food at the piazza.

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      CVR

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      Heya Mo, I am certain you will love it-especially the walk. I thought about you going up, you will be ‘eating the hills like yams!’ 🙂

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