Wednesday , November 21 2018

Civita di Bagnoregio – An Endangered Town

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Founded over 2,500 years ago, the town of Civita di Bagnoregio is now an endangered town. Through the course of the 20th-century, the town’s population has dwindled, with few residents left in the town, making it, for all intent and purposes – a ghost town.

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Despite its stunning views and robust medieval masonry, the town’s location proved to be disastrous. Local earthquakes and land erosion turned the town into an island throughout the 17th-century, and the locals started referring to it as il paese che muore (“the town that is dying”).


The cliffside-erosion caused several buildings to collapse down the hill, prompting many families to leave. By the year 2000, the town’s population was a mere six people.


Thanks to a recent revival, prompted by a tourism boom, the population doubled, with 12 residents living there during the winter and almost 100 during the summer months.




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One comment

  1. Khalid Parvez

    Well described. The art is unique. I could not find the location.

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