Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to introduce you an unique medieval town in Italy, Civita di Bagnoregio. I haven’t heard of this village before my trip. When I was searching and collecting informations for the summer vacation to Italy, I found out this jewel-like town in the sky. I guess not many people have heard of this town like I did. Thus, I decided to write this post to let the town be known. This village provided an inspiration to Japanese animation: Laputa, castle in the sky.
It looks like a typical city when you arrive at the parking lot. There, you can take a local bus to get to the entrance of the bridge, or you can walk about 10 ~ 15 mins. The local bus doesn’t have a fixed time table, thus it is recommended to ask the clerk at the souvenir store in the parking lot.
I was speechless when I saw Civita di Bagnoregio, because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was like a village in an imagination. I’ve been to many places so far, but I would count this town one of the best magical places in the world. It is also called <The Dying City> due to the hill with never-ending erosion. It is very sad that the town might disappear with constant natural processes, and just exist in people’s mind like a legend in the future.
The town was built on the soil which has been evolving more than a thousand years. With its unique feature and outstanding value of the cultural landscape, Civita di Bagnoregio was submitted to UNESCO World Heritage in 2017 in cultural category.
You should buy the entrance ticket(€5) to get into the town. If you have an acrophobia, it might be difficult to cross the bridge. It’s quite windy and long. Moreover, the bridge is not that spacious as you can see in the picture. Sometimes a vehicle crosses it such as a bike. Since the bridge is the only access to the village, if you have a problem crossing the bridge it might not worth to go or just enjoy the view from the distance.
Inside the town, it’s like a normal medieval town in Europe. I’ve been to Mont St.Michel and Eze, where are medieval towns in France. Now, they became very touristic destinations with many restaurants, souvenir shops, countless people from all around the world.. local people work during the day and they go to nearby bed town like Venice in Italy. You would notice this town is also transforming into a more touristic place. Many buildings are under restoration or construction to host visitors. I don’t know whether it’s a good change or not, but it seems like that the town is alive again as it used to be.
The town is quite small, thus 2-3 hours will be enough to look around. There’s a perfume shop in the beginning of the town, which is one of few town’s local products. The prices are vary from €3 (soap). For beer lovers, local beers (about €6)are also available in the souvenir shops.
Enjoy your travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂
Entrance ticket : €5