Before entering the village, you can easily understand what happened to most of the houses, and to the whole hill that once connected the actual Civita to Bagnoregio itself..... The crumbly rock went down piece by piece, and many building with it
This is only an example
Finally, you did! You are at the village door and the climbing is over.... Take your breath for a while, and take the first glance of the village center from the ancient gate.
Take a look at the amazing landscape you see from there, too.
Well, despite the picture here, not everything is falling here. The village is not totally diying...
Hey, would you imagine that not more than 100 meters from the "house of the olive tree" i took in the attached picture, there are a building where the Univesity of Washington state keeps architecture courses?
Well, that exactly what is true!
The only way you have to reach the hilltop and the village is... to walk.
there is only a narrow absolutely-no-cars bridge that crosses the valley and bring you there.
While the first part is easy, the last one is steep and harder.... but not long.
So, climb the road and reach the village gate, guarded by this building
Of course, not every building is ffalling down. Some are just nice ancient bulding, and meny were restored in a very nice way not so long ago.
Every house has, however, a nice "medieval" and cozy taste....
You can easily walk all the narrow streets of civita. Go straight eastward fron the village entrance, pass the church of the square, and walk this street, to... On your right, terraces facing the valley with wonderful ladscapes...
Go to the end, and you will find a narrow entrance to a little garden at the end of the village (on your left) with a little sort of museum in 2 small grottos, and a breathtaking view..
the first square you meet, on your right, has a bar, but also this building. Half of it seems in actual use, the other is gone with the rock itself.
The result of these contrasts is really amazing.....
In medieval therminology, 'civitas' mean the most ancient & the nucleus of a built up areas to separate it from the neibouring villages.
This area of Bagnoregio is still stuck in the primitve nucleus & the most renowed 'civita' is just the east of Bagnoregio, hence the name of Civita de Bagnoregio !
When I first saw this sight, I was WOW to myself ! So amazing, much much better that I could imagine from seeing some photos...only a handful of photos that I saw on the Net !
Amazing & beautiful !
Let's go closer, shall we ?
To go high up on Civita de Bagnoregio, we have to cross this pedestrian bridge, sort of hanging like bridge from one hill to another...
This photo was taken by me as I turned my back while walking on the pedestrian bridge...
Notice the area below the bridge, like it's a parking area but almost no transports around...GREAT !
The great thing about coming here was no mass tourists to be seen by my own eyes !
Being here made me feel great about travelling, about coming to places where not many people would want to go or rather a place not yet being exposed to the public eyes...
Amazing rural Italian sceneries are so stark around Civita de Bagnoregio !
Rolling hills surrounded the areas, making it one of my best sights venturing into the ruralness of Italy !
Excavations have been carried out to show that civita was the centre of civil, religious, social & economic life of the well organized Etrurian settlement...
All photos are in chronological order, as I walked around this small village on a hill called Civita de Bagnoregio...
Pass the main gate, we would feel that we are coming to a village with no people !
DARN TRUE !
Feeling like a thousand years back in times even.
Peace, tranquility...& amazing structures of buildings & sights...
I wandered around the village feeling that it's my own village, under my own name !
Plants & flowers crawling up almost everywhere !
Walked on the streets & paths which used to be the hussle of this small village on the hill in rural Italy !
On some corners of the village, bushes creep in to show us the abandoness (is there such a word ?) of Civita de Bagnoregio...
I'm a sucker for this kind of sight...in fact, I took a thousand photos in & around this civita..
Well, make it a hundred photos.
Another amazing sight !
I doubt that epople would think that this photo was taken somewhere in Italy, right ?
With nobody around to disturb me in capturing the sights, I felt that I was in a different world alltogether !
I was told later that there were people living in these houses but they were just not around, maybe in their houses, but doing what ?
That would add to the mystery of this place !
95% of the houses are well-preserved but it's like a long lost abandoned museum ! A well-kept one...by people that we would never know exist ?
I did feel at one time that I wanted to knock on the door (this photo) but too scared to do so ! In case I was disturbing people making love or something...