Less well-known than Siena or Assisi, this incredible little gem has escaped modern age. The city teeters rise high above a vast wind and canyon ruled by erosion on top of a crest.
Resting on top of a beautiful volcanic tower, Civita di Bagnoregio's small town has survived for centuries clinging to its high perch, but as the soft clay ground on its sides erodes, both ground footage and architecture are lost. This charming medieval town has been severely affected by erosion. Due to its location on a rock placed on top of silt from an ancient ocean bed, a good part of the town simply fell into the valley. This makes the terrain unique, something to be understood.
St. Bonaventure is from here, so not only history and geology, but also theology and spirituality are involved in a visit. The drawback is that it's difficult to get there. You will need to take a bus from Orvieto or Viterbo if you don't have a car. In any case, the last bit is a walk.
A new pedestrian bridge that spans the gap between the two parts of Bangnoregio separated by landslides is the only access to the city.
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