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Lost village of Italy, Civita di Bagnoregio

Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben

 

Just drive two or three hours from Rome, you can come back in the time of Middle Age.

In Italy there are many “Lost Cities”. One of this is Civita di Bagnoregio.

Bagnoregio is a comune in the province of Viterbo in the Italian region of Lazio.

Civita was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. Its population dwindled to just 6 residents over the course of the 20th century. Civita was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen off the edge of the cliff. From the 16th century, Civita was beginning to decline, becoming eclipsed by its former suburb Bagnoregio.

At the end of the 17th century, the bishop and the municipal government were forced to move to Bagnoregio because of a major earthquake that accelerated the old town’s decline.

 

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DSC_0038Cave of S. Bonaventura

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The only access to the old City is this long and narrow bridge

 

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The gate of old Civita di Bagnoregio

 

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Central square of the City

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The church of saint Donato was built in V century

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Inside the church there are the relics of saint Ildebrando and Saint Vittoria

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Civita di Bagnoregio is situated in a cleft valley. During the age the water dug tuff and shaped the ground.

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Ancient cistern Roman-Etruscan

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Different kind of sausages, typical of central Italy.

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Author & Photographer : Alessandro Del Ben

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