This is a charming hill town called Civita di Bagnoregio in the outskirts of Rome. Just 90 minutes drive from chaotic Rome lies a very calm village.
A gem on the hill, Civita di Bagnoregio is a little rustic Italian hill town. What is most interesting of Civita di Bagnoregio is that it lies on an ever eroding rock. Due to erosion, Civita and Bagnoregio are no longer connected via their donkey path.
The grandiose entrance to this little simple countryside town is the only passage to get up. There are no tours to get to this jewel on the hill. It is Italy’s best kept secret and can only be visited by private trip.
According to our driver, the young population has moved away to modern cities and the elderly are slowly relocating leaving less than 80 residents in Civita di Bagnoregio. Our visit was quite deserted due to the lack of population but lovely nonetheless.
There is a main square where the remaining residents gather. This is where donkey races, festivals and any other activity take place.
Filled with small lanes, luxurious doors and windows I could sense the middle age and Renaissance influence. I truly enjoyed the Italian style of the town. It is quite a unique feel to visit Italy without tourists and only residents who have always lived in this small town.
Civita di Bagnoregio, a true Italian feel!
Until next time,