Bagnoregio is a small town of Lazio in an ancient area called Tuscia, north of Viterbo. The town name is historically associated with the figure of cardinal philosopher Giovanni Fidanza, best known as Bonaventura da Bagnoregio, who was born in the 13th century. This great character was canonized by Pope Sixtus IV, and is considered one of the most important biographers of St. Francis of Assisi. For this reason, a church in the center of the village of Bagnoregio is dedicated to Bonaventura. Always within the town is the Taruffi Museum dedicated to cars.
A short distance from Bagnoregio, along Corso Mazzini, you arrive at the bottom of the ancient village of Civita di Bagnoregio, considered one of the most beautiful hill top villages in Italy and certainly a fascinating place to visit. Defined often with the title of “Country That Dies,” Civita is a small jewel, a small world of its own, connected to the real world by a walkable bridge only. The village, which officially counts 6 inhabitants, stands on a steep rocky shore shaped by the erosion of time emerging as an enchanting island on the great valley of the hills surrounding it.
Inside the village, from which you can access through the beautiful Porta di Santa Maria (or Cava) there are ancient houses and palaces, some of which have been restored, next to uninhabited buildings characterized by a “spectral” charm. In the center of the village, where today there are many typical places, in front of the square is the church of San Donato, the most significant religious building present in the village.
POINT OF ARRIVAL IN BAGNOREGIO
(then allow average 25 minutes to walk into Civita di Bagnoregio)
The bus excursions from Bagnoregio to Orvieto always arrive at the bus terminal located in Piazzale Battaglini. From this area you can reach Civita di Bagnoregio on foot, by walking upstairs behind the tourist kiosk, turn left and walk along Corso Mazzini. At the end of the street you will reach the “Belvedere” view point. From here, you can take the stairs on the right (at the bottom of the stairs proceed left down hill onto Via Bonaventura Tecchi). At the end of the street, you will find the ticket office for Civita and the bridge to walk up to town.
Alternatively, if you want to avoid the stairs, you can stop before Belvedere and turn right down hill onto Via Bonaventura Tecchi. At the end you will find the ticket office for Civita.
NOTE: The entrance fee for Civita di Bagnoregio is € 3,00 a person the working days and € 5,00 a person on sunday and celebration days (this cost is not included in the bus excursion price).
From the Bagnoregio Piazzale Battaglini bus terminal is also available a public shuttle bus that reaches the Belvedere. (Ticket € 1,00, not included in the bus excursion ticket). Click here for the public shuttle bus hours from Piazzale Battaglini to Belvedere.