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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
Trackback from your site.