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Bagnoregio: The Dying City Lives On

How fun does it sound to visit a place nicknamed The Dying City?  Believe it or not, the dying city of Bagnoregio is a very lively place, especially if you visit during tourist season.

Established 2500 years ago by the Etruscans, Civita di Bagnoregio occupied a strategic position for trade in ancient times. Over the centuries, the village was reduced to pretty much a ghost town due to the erosion, landslides, earthquakes, and floods that led to the exodus of pretty much the whole town (not that the population ever amounted to any grand figure.)

In recent years, thanks to the beauty of the hamlet and the novelty of being reachable only by a long, narrow footbridge, Bagnoregio has become a tourist phenomenon that has pulled it back from the brink of death.

Stroll the narrow streets lined with immaculate stone houses, climbing vines, cheerful flowers, and stylish boutiques. Enjoy a glass of wine and a snack on a pretty terrace as you marvel at the existence of a place where time stopped hundreds of years ago.

To read about the story of Bagnoregio in more detail (along with many stunning photos), please refer to this excellent article in ArcheoTravelers.

If you fancy visiting Bagnoregio, it is reachable from the port of Civitavecchia in a little more than an hour; also from Rome, Siena, or Florence in slightly longer but still reasonable driving times. As there is no train station in Bagnoregio, DriverInRome would be pleased to take you there in one of our air-conditioned sedans or minivans. We can combine Bagnoregio with Orvieto or any number of places in the amazing Etruscan Countryside.

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