Traveling through Italy it wasn't til I reached Volterra that I witnessed, "crossover homes," or homes where an upper story crossed over a street. Built in medieval times evidence of them is somewhat rare today. However this one just off the central square in Civita I found to be particularly beautiful and picture worthy. According to one resident...more
Aside from it being a mesmerizing view looking into Civita from Bagnoregio, there are also some great views from the town itself. Unfortunately the vantage points are far and few between because of erosion of the cliffs over the years. However when you do find a spot some of the views can be great. Walk the town and see for your itself the beauty...more
Civita is described in on-line posts as being a dying city but walking the little town there are many signs of rebirth. We saw construction work on renovating at least four homes while we were there. New electrical and plumbing work was being undertaken, interior walls being modified, and roofs being replaced. Some recently renovated homes had...more
There is a central plaza in Civita but there was no name around to identify it. A few old buildings, a church, a small restaurant, and a shop opening selling souvenirs with an inside lunch counter. Fascinating medieval architecture. Many buildings in the plaza show very little evidence of reconstruction. Even in the mid afternoon in May there was...more
In the small main square of Civita sits Saint Donato Church. Unpretentious from the outside as it is in the inside. When we entered the church we could only find a lady cleaning and dusting the pews. No other tourists were present.There was a nice pulpit and a relatively simple altar. Sparse interior adoration. Aside from the movement of the...more
The pedestrian bridge is the only link between the towns of Bagnoregio and Civita. Constructed in 1966 it was intended to be a bridge for those walking and motorcycles. Cars are not allowed. There is a small parking area underneath the bridge on the Bagnoregio side where those owning cars can park their car.Walking the bridge is an experience. You...more
This was a nice restaurant that could use some additional help. I think the restaurant plans on only so many guests a day and rather than have excess staff doing nothing they hire as few as folks as possible.
They have a selction of antipastas, primi, segundi and dolces to please all tastes. There is a very nice space available inside as well as tables outside. I chose the "pincinelle pesto di pistachio," which is a delicious hand prepared pasta. The restaurant prides itself on serving locally grown foods including pastas and chicken. There is also a selection of deserts including at least four flavors of tiramisu (lemon, orange, coffee and strawberry). I passed on all of them.
Food quality and atmosphere was very good. Service again was a little lacking
Favorite Dish: The pincinelle pesto pi pistachio was very good.
The best way to get to Civita is via the bus. There is a bus operated by Cortal that leaves the Plaza Cahen in Orvieto four times a day, during the week, and takes you back from Bagnoregio four times a day as well. Tickets for the bus can be purchased at the tabacchi shop on the Corso Cavour for 4.2 euros round trip. You can also purchase the tickets on board but for substantially more money. The bus ride takes about 45 minutes. If you travel in the afternoon be aware that a slug of children use the bus as a means of transportation.
Once you arrive in Bagnoregio you are about 20-30 minutes from Civita. From the bus drop off point take the Via Garibaldi right and up the hill. Take the first left which is Via Roma and stay on that avenue until you come to the Civita overlook.
The first bus leaves the Plaza Cahen just before 0700 and the last bus from Bagornegio back to Orvieto leaves at 1730. Just to make sure check with the bus driver to confirm the schedule before getting off the bus. A taxi ride back to Orvieto if you miss the bus could come at a steep price.
If I were to guess, Civita has several times more cats than people.. Starting from just inside the city walls and peaking in the central piazza Civita is full of cats. Sit down an open a back pack display any food and within a minute or two there are many cats coming over to see if you will share. Unfortunately people as we saw do share their food and this of course is not good for the cats. A few of the cats that were either strolling the streets or hidden out of the sun looked sick. So please if you come to Civita exercise a little bit of caution and do not feed the cats.
Kind of like seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time, seeing Civita perched above the clouds only connected to the mainland by a pedestrian bridge is my favorite thing. A vivid memory of how a town's location has been its detriment over the last several hundred years and how it has coped to stay alive despite its isolation. Reflections on how...more
At the far end there is a walkway that temptingly leads down the valley. Since there was a couple obviously deeply in love further down, I decided to take this shot and head back into the village. This gives you a good idea of the type of erosion of the clay based surface that has caused Civita to slowly slip into the gorge below.These hills are a...more
After the compulsory shot of the setting, this is the second most photographed site.Now, sure it had some atmosphere and some authenticity about it and was mildly interesting but, again I have to say, I'd much rather be elsewhere like Pitigliano or such. There's very little of the place and all the side streets I walked down quickly led to dead...more