They call it “la città che muore” (the dying city) but for me is totally not because a place that’s full of beauty can’t just die. Once considered the “jewel city of the Tiber Valley”, Civita di Bagnoregio started to decline in the 17th century, due to earthquakes and soil erosion which sent many of its medieval buildings tumbling down the cliffs, and the inhabitants fleeing to nearby towns.
The footbridge is the only way to reach the town so if you have fear of heights this would be the worst 15 minutes of your life.
I was awfully scared because I felt like I was walking in the middle of…nothing! It was windy and I can surely say (actually almost surely) that the bridge was shaking, but the view was awesome and it was totally worth the fear.
Civita di Bagnoregio was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. The city is also much admired for its architecture spanning several hundred years and it owes much of its unaltered condition to its relative isolation; the town was able to withstand most intrusions of modernity as well as the destruction brought by the World Wars.
Its medieval surroundings and its clean and untouched narrow streets are something to add to the uniqueness of this town.
After the walk, it’s time to...EAT! Happiest moment ever!