Who among us hasn't at least once dreamed of living in another era? Perhaps in the Middle Ages one of the places where the imagination of writers often set the deeds of heroic knights. Well, if you still want to realize this dream, know that there is a very special place that awaits you: Civita di Bagnoregio.
It is a village currently inhabited by a few dozen people, and yet it is a constant destination of a tourist flow that is expanding exponentially. This is because the village in question is truly unique, just think that the plan of the center dates back to 2500 years ago, that is to say the foundation of the city itself by the Etruscans, plus, the village has remained almost intact since the Middle Ages. This is also due to its geographical position which has made it not only a difficult reality to conquer, but has also preserved its late medieval structure, coming down to us directly from the past. The dying village - so renamed by the writer Bonaventura Tecchi - is located in the centre of the Valle dei Calanchi, between the two valleys called Fossato del Rio Torbido and Fossato del Rio Chiaro, which were once the access route from the Tiber valley to Lake Bolsena.
The village located on a hill, has always had over the centuries problems of external connections with neighboring countries. Today it is possible to reach Civita by passing through the town of Bagnoregio, but once there you have to cross the "long bridge" that leads directly into the heart of Civita.
Arrived in the heart of the historical centre it is possible to visit the great noble palaces built especially in the Renaissance period by the great noble families present in the northern area of Lazio: the noble palaces of Colesanti, Bocca and Alemanni. But there is not only history and art that awaits you in Civita. Even lovers of science are satisfied, just remember that in the Alemanni palace there is the geological and landslide museum, without forgetting the great religious tradition in the area, Civita was the birthplace of the Saint and Philosopher Bonaventura, whose birthplace can be visited. Without forgetting the beautiful Cathedral of San Donato, built on an ancient Etruscan temple and inside which is kept the wooden crucifix, the protagonist of many legends and popular beliefs that are lost in the mists of time, in short, there is something for everyone. On the subject of taste, we remind you that in Civita you can taste the typical dishes of the Umbrian-Latin tradition.
The village can be visited at any time of the year, but we recommend some special moments of the year when you can live beautiful experiences. Let's start with the Palio della Tonna, which takes place on the first Sunday of June and the second Sunday of September; the whole month of August sees the Civit'Arte event; in October the Chestnut Festival awaits you and how to forget the Living Nativity which takes place between 26th December and 6th January. The village of Civita awaits you and when you cross the long bridge you will experience the unique emotion of diving into the past.
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