Saturday, June 06, 2009

Civita- high on the crumbling hill

Our last trip to a hill town .... and so we're off to Civita di Bagnoregio.

According to Wikipedia:

Civita was founded by Etruscans over twenty-five hundred years ago, has seen its population dwindle to just twenty residents over the course of the 20th century. Civita was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, born in 1274. The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen off the edge of the cliff. By the 16th century Civita was beginning to decline, becoming eclipsed by its former suburb Bagnoregio.

You can see from my photo that most of the town lies in the valley -- yet this bulwark of a cliff-hanging town is one of the most challenging to get to (UP UP UP that hill!!! LOL) and yet one of the most charming!

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