|Civita from a distance, photo by Giulia Pancani
|Mercatello -ready to cross the bridge
|main street, Civita
Few visitors realize why the town looks like it does, why it was built in this spot or what is happening to it, but its uniqueness makes it stand out from all the other nearby hill towns of central Italy.
|Duomo in the main piazza, Civita
Perched on a similar cliff nearby, Orvieto is reached by a funicolare and is famed for its Duomo and Etruscan sites; Montefiascone on Lake Bolsena has its Est Est Est wine and views; while the provincial capital, Viterbo owes its fame to San Pellegrino medieval quarter and the Papal Palace where the first papal conclave was held.
Civita has been hyped as "the dying city" by guidebooks for decades and this has turned it into a “must see” for Japanese tour groups and American back packers .
|Palazzo Alemanni, the museum entrance
By the end of April Civita di Bagnoregio will be the only town in Italy requiring an entrance ticket for those who wish to visit.
At the bridge leading over the ravine there will be a ticket office run by the Pro Loco.
|explanatory panels in English and Italian
The town's Mayor informs that the 3 euro ticket money collected will help monitor the situation and be used for the most urgent repairs.
|Luca and model of Civita
The ticket includes entrance to the town as well as to a modern Museo Geologico delle Frane where guests are informed of the area's geology and the landslides that have plagued Civita for the past centuries.
|virtual panorama of Civita and the calanchi
|Geologist Luca shows us the modern museum
While you are in Bagnoregio, don't forget to stop at the antique car museum .