Situated in the province of Viterbo, not too far from the Bolsena lake, Civita di Bagnoregio appears perched on a golden tuffaceous rock overhanging the broad valley formed by streams Chiaro and Torbido. The village, where a few families endure to live, is being lost: the hill on which it stands is undermined by the continuing erosion of the two streams and the action of rain and wind.
Thus it is crumbling , slowly but surely. This is why it is also called `the dying city`.
The town is connected to the world by a single narrow 300 meters long bridge. Entering the village, the first important monument one encounters is the Porta S. Maria , surmounted by a pair of lions clutching two human heads, a symbol of the tyrants defeated by the Bagnoresi.
Later on, the via S. Maria opens into the main square, where you can admire the Romanesque Church of St. Donato remodeled in the sixteenth century. It holds a beautiful wooden crucifix century, from the school of Donatello and a fresco from the school of Perugino.
The Renaissance palaces Colesanti, Bocca degli Alemanni impose themselves in the narrow streets with typical houses with balconies and outside stairs called ” profferli ” , typical Middle Age constructions of the area of Viterbo .
But the most striking characteristic of this enchanted place is the surreal landscape that encircles the village making it a unique place, with a very peculiar atmosphere and the impression that time stands still there thanks as well to the total absence of cars.
Civita di Bagnoregio is approximately an hour and 15 minutes drive from Capena and the visit can be coupled with a stop at the Bolsena lake.