Civita di Bagnoregio – La città che muore

Mar 23, 2012 | Things to do in Umbria | 2 comments

Today we my colleague and I went to Lake Corbara, visiting a house to add to our Umbrian vacation rental portfolio. Since we were in the area, we made a short touristic detour to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, a small gem of Etruscan origins. Not any longer Umbria, but very close!

Civita di Bagnoregio is also called ‘la città che muore’ (the dying town) and when you look at the pictures, you will understand why. No cars can enter. A narrow bridge connects the dying town to the rest of the world.

The little town is still home to several people and a few cats. The cats keep an eye on you. The moment you sit down on one of the several terraces in town you will find yourself surrounded. The cats made a healthy impression, so either somebody is taking care of them or tourists happily share their meals (since the cats took such keen interest in tourists, I guess the latter … ).

If you are in the area of Orvieto, do drive over to Civita di Bagnoregio, this stubborn little village, or what remains of it (during the ages lots was lost to erosion already) is absolutely worth a visit.


  1. destination umbria

    What a gem! I would love to be able to buy a little house there.

  2. Marisa Giannini

    A friend led me to Civita’ in March 1991 when I was a student travelling through Italy to learn the language. It was a day filled with sites I will remember forever


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