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I took a lot of photos of this Lazio village and I will certainly show others, but let's start from this perspective that highlights the long way to get there.Civita di Bagnoregio is a town in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy, a suburb of the comune of Bagnoregio, 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) east from it. It is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) north of Rome. The only access is a footbridge from the nearby town, with a toll introduced in 2013.Due to the toll, communal taxes were abolished in Civita and nearby Bagnoregio.Civita is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, famously known as ‘the dying city’.Civita is situated in the valley of the badlands (Valle dei Calanchi), a region west of Lake Bolsena and east of the Tiber Valley, in the municipality of Bagnoregio. It consists of two main valleys: the Fossato del Rio Torbido and the Fossato del Rio Chiaro. Originally these places might have been easier to reach and were crossed by an ancient road which linked the Tiber Valley to Lake Bolsena.

The morphology of this region was caused by erosion and landslides. The territory is made up of two different formations of rocks, different in chronology and in constitution. The most ancient formation is that of clay; it comes from the sea and it forms the base layer which is particularly subject to erosion. The top layers are made up of tuff and lava material. The fast erosion is due to the streams, to atmospheric agents but also to deforestation.

Civita, which is inhabited by only 16 people, is situated in a solitary area and it is reachable only by a reinforced concrete pedestrian bridge built in 1995. The bridge is generally restricted to pedestrians, but to meet the requirements of residents and workers the Municipality of Bagnoregio issued a statement that these people may cross the bridge by bike or by motorcycle at certain times. The reason for its isolation is the progressive erosion of the hill and the nearby valley which create the badlands; this process is still ongoing and there is the danger that the village could disappear. This is why Civita is also known as “The Dying Town”. More info on Wikipedia.

LA CITTA' CHE MUORE

Ho fatto moltissime foto di questo villaggio laziale e sicuramente ne mostrerò altre, ma iniziamo da questa prospettiva che evidenzia il lungo cammino per arrivarci. Civita è una frazione di 11 abitanti del comune di Bagnoregio, in provincia di Viterbo, nel Lazio, facente parte dei borghi più belli d'Italia, famosa per essere stata definita "La città che muore" dallo scrittore Bonaventura Tecchi, che vi trascorse la sua giovinezza.Abitata da sole sedici persone (al 2011) e situata in posizione isolata, Civita è raggiungibile solo attraverso un ponte pedonale in cemento armato costruito nel 1965. Il ponte può essere percorso soltanto a piedi ma il comune di Bagnoregio, venendo incontro alle esigenze di chi vive o lavora in questo luogo, ha emesso una circolare in cui dichiara che, in determinati orari, residenti e persone autorizzate possono attraversare il ponte a bordo di cicli e motocicli. La causa del suo isolamento è la progressiva erosione della collina e della vallata circostante, che ha dato vita alle tipiche forme dei calanchi e che continua ancora nel ventunesimo secolo, rischiando di far scomparire la frazione, per questo chiamata anche "la città che muore" o, più raramente, "il paese che muore".

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