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Civita (11/5)

November 6th, 2006 · No Comments

During the 14 hour drive back to France, we made a quick pit-stop at this ultimate Italian hilltown, Civita di Bagnoregio.

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Civita is terminally ill. Only fourteen residents, mostly in their 80s, remain in the town, which is connected to the world by a long pedestrian bridge. It was originally connected to nearby Bagnoregio, but the saddle eroded away over the years. After the bridge was bombed during WWII, it was replaced in 1965 by the moden footbridge that remains today.

The whole town reeks of history. The entryway arch is over 2,500 years old, and is actually from the main Etruscan road that led to the Tiber valley and Rome. In one of the towns little restaurant/cafes we found an olive press that has been used for 1,500 years. And little caves were cut into the rock below Civita for ancient wine cellars.

Cute, quaint, and quick. A perfect stop if you are making a drive north of Rome.

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