Monday, July 16, 2012

Scenes from Civita di Bagnoregio

Entrance to Civita di Bagnoregio
Located just a short drive from Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio is a tiny hamlet perched on tufa rock.  Civita is an old settlement, dating back to Etruscan times.  It was the birthplace of St. Bonaventure and, until a disastrous earthquake in the late 1600's, was the seat of the Cathedral for the area.  Later it was nearly deserted, and is now enjoying a tourist-fueled revival.  The only way to the town is via a long walkway up to the top -- motorscooters are the only means of transportation to and from the neighboring town.  On a hot day, I can attest personally, it's a long walk, but worth it.  The tiny town has restaurants and shops and lots of charm.
Gateway at Civita di Bagnoreggio

It also has cats...
One of many....
Street Madonna in Civita di Bagnoreggio
 and angels.
Tabernacle of the Holy Oils, in the church

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