Civita di Bagnoregio
Civita di Bagnoregio is by far one of the most extraordinary villages in Italy, beautiful and unique in its kind, it is an unmissable stop to discover the most genuine and authentic history and traditions of the Tuscan-Lazio Maremma. Nicknamed as City that dies, because it stands on a cliff unfortunately subject to erosion which has determined a progressive isolation so that today it is possible to access the village on foot by crossing a bridge that starts from the nearby village of Bagnoregio, with a walk of about 10 minutes. Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and certainly one of the unmissable destinations in Tuscia, a small village where time seems to have stopped between history and legend …
The story of Civita di Bagnoregio
The area was inhabited since the Etruscan period, as evidenced by the findings in the area. There was a settlement in Roman times, then subjugated by the Goths and the Lombards.
The first certain information about the existence of a village dates back to the sixth century, when a castle named Bagnore was mentioned as an episcopal seat. The town of a possession of the Monaldeschi family, under the government of the city of Orvieto, in the twelfth century became a free municipality, while remaining under the influence of Orvieto. The Monaldeschi dominion lasted for many centuries, until 1494 when Civita di Bagnoregio rose up, driving out the family and proclaiming its independence. However, the independence of Civita di Bagnoregio lasted only a few years, when the town was placed under the control of the Regime of Cardinals-Governors, created by Pope Alexander VI Borgia. Between 1600 and 1700 Civita di Bagnoregio suffered two violent earthquakes, following which part of the population decided to abandon their homes and move to nearby Bagnoregio.
What to see in Civita di Bagnoregio
Small and intimate, the village of Civita di Bagnoregio is an attraction in itself, narrow alleys, hidden streets and squares, breathtaking panoramic views and historic buildings … a real wonder!
The Church of San Donato is the most important building in the village of Civita di Bagnoregio, it stands on the main square in the heart of the town and is one of its most representative buildings. The church dates back to the 5th century, built in Romanesque style, was then remodeled in 1511 and the project for its restoration was followed by the architect Nicola Matteucci of Caprarola, it is in this period that the elements of the Renaissance style are added. In 1524 the central portal was added. The interior of the church is divided into three naves, inside there are some precious works, a wooden Crucifix from the 1400s and an interesting cycle of frescoes from the Perugino school.
TheGrotta di Bonaventura it is instead an important place because it is linked to the myth of San Bonaventura who was born in Civita di Bagnoregio in 1221, here according to the legend a seriously ill child was miraculously cured by San Francesco who, once cured the child, addressed him with “Bona Ventura ”As a sign of good luck, that child was just St. Bonaventure and, once he grew up, he became part of the Franciscan order. San Bonaventura was an Italian cardinal, philosopher and theologian.
How to get to Civita di Bagnoregio
The entrance to Civita di Bagnoregio is allowed only on foot, through a bridge that connects it to the nearby town of Bagnoregio. The car park is located in Bagnoregio, and a few minutes’ walk from the belvedere, where the infopoint for the entrance ticket is located (Loc. Mercatello Bagnoregio VT. Tel. +39 3248660940 – Open every day from 8.00 to 20.00 – Ticket € 3 weekdays € 5 Saturday, Sunday, holidays and days before holidays).