Trip From Rome to Civita di Bagnoregio – Orvieto – DEPARTURE FROM ROME AT 08.30 a.m. RETURN IN ROME AT 18.30 p.m.
Perched on a tuffaceous hill in the middle of a desolated landslide-prone valley the picturesque village of Civita di Bagnoregio, not far from Viterbo, is slowly succumbing to the ravages of time. This isolation is the result of a continuous erosion that makes the tufa rock becoming thinner and thinner on an unstable layer of clay and sand altered by wind and rain., by earthquakes and by two small rios .The writer Bonaventura Tecchi wrote, “tutto quel che è rimasto – un ciuffo di case e di mura in rovina, nere sul tufo, erette come sul vuoto – respira ormai l’atmosfera della fine” (just a few houses and ruins of walls erected on the vacuum are remaining. The atmosphere of the end is breathed). Civita di Bagnoregio is also known as the “town that is dying”, it is a place of deep rare beauty. Reachable by a narrow 300 mt footbridge, the town looks like a small island in the wide desolated valley made up of calanchi and it offers to the visitors a unique surrealistic view. Etruscan and Roman heritages, medieval doors and Renaissance decorations are the ancient aspect of Balneum Regis (Bath of the King) – the legend tells that the Longobard King Desiderio used the local spa to treat a serious disease – the town changed its name into Bagnorea, and finally into Bagnoregio. Today Civita is an enchanted place, where time seems to have stopped. The complete absence of cars makes the atmosphere inside Civita even more unreal. Each lane and footpath holds a surprise. Ivy drapes over arches and scrambles up walls; potted flowers parade across balconies. One of the most important heritage of the past is the Romanic bell tower of the Church of San Donato, situated in the homonymous square.
Orvieto, built on a tufa hill, is an example of integration between nature and human work. The consciousness of this connection is written on the inscription situated on the well of St. Patrick which tells “quod natura munimento inviderat industria adiecit” (what nature denied for its defence, was made by the human activity).
Orvieto has a unique history that dates back to over several million years ago. Learn about the origins of the city, its ancient inhabitants, and the special characteristics that make it a magical place to visit today. Orvieto is a city with significant cultural heritage, fascinating and gastronomy traditions and an exciting life-style.
The visit starts from the Duomo and goes on to the Rocca. Walking down Corso Cavour, after a stop in the ancient shops, we arrive in Piazza del Popolo, with the enchanting Palazzo del Popolo and Palazzi Papali. During your visit, don’t forget to have a stop in one of the picturesque restaurants to taste the flavours of this land.
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