The Dying Village

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© Deborah Downes
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The Italian village of Civita di Bagnorgeio dates back to the Bronze Age, when a tiny community developed on a narrow strip of the Bagnoregio plateau jutting out within a valley of ever changing Piliocene hills. The little settlement was active during the Iron Age. During the Etruscan period the hamlet expanded over the rest of the plateau, where the present much larger town of Bagnoregio stands. Ghibellines attacked Civita in the 14th century, but the village was defended by the Monaldeschi della Cevara and then owned by this powerful family. Over centuries wind and rain ate away at the ridge connecting Civita with Bagnoregio, resulting in Civita turning into a dying village. It’s still known as “the dying village” though today it’s kept alive by tourism, thanks to the bridge built in 1965.

Very few people live in Civita. Many of the buildings there are beautifully renovated. Some include shops and restaurants and others are vacation homes rented out. No cars and trucks are allowed in the village. Visitors can only reach it on foot. This shot gives a better feel of just how steep the bridge is. At the steepest point the bridge joins winding stone steps. Within the impressive gate to the village there sits a long and smooth stone bench. My friend Julie and I gratefully sat there and listened to a violinist as he greeted and played for all who entered the town.

During the post processing on this image, I was attracted to effects that highlighted the dramatic look of this village and hinted at its rich history; also to layers suggesting an old postcard that never reached its destination.

60 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    It sounds like a magical place and you captured it beautifully. The sephia makes it feel like an image from the past.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Outstanding in every way, Deb!! (Out of curiosity, did the violinist have his case open for coins to be dropped?)

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Thanks, you two. Don, the violinist did indeed have his case open for coins:)

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    "Wonderland", beautiful scene and great narrative Deb!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Freakin' awesome shot, location, and treatment. You've outdid yourself here, Deborah.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Very beautiful view! The processing is superb! A very unique perspective!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (7 Jun 2011): this!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (7 Jun 2011):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    What a stunning sight! and beautifully captured. love the old postcard feel. i'd love to get a peek inside this village.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (8 Jun 2011):

    Oh WOW Deborah, what a great job you did on this, It looks Magnificent and I so enjoyed the info you provided, you know this place is going top of my list :o) :o)

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (8 Jun 2011):


  • Thomas Brauer

    Thomas Brauer gave props (8 Jun 2011):

    Lovely scene, Deborah. Nice feel.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    Fabulous indeed.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    fantastic composition, Deborah!

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    This is truly fabulous. Thank you for the story

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (13 Jun 2011):

    A stunning image and a fabulous story! Absolutely outstanding work here...

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (14 Jun 2011):


  • Kim Bullock

    Kim Bullock said (17 Jun 2011):

    Love the muted handwriting on this.

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (17 Jun 2011):


  • Dustin Hanoski

    Dustin Hanoski gave props (28 Jun 2011):

    Fabulous indeed - awesome image! Your narratives are excellent!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (29 Jun 2011):

    This is incredible, my friend!!! :)))

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (1 Jul 2011):

    Fabulous art! Thank you for your narrative.

  • lowison

    lowison said (1 Aug 2011):

    I know very well this place, Deb, but this picture is pura poesia!

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (27 Aug 2011):

    Beautiful and intriguing. I really appreciate the information too.


    MARCO MEYO   gave props (6 Nov 2011):


  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (5 Mar 2012):

    Love that postcard effect. Great in 'Fabulous!'

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Mar 2012):


  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Back to vote! Still superb.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Wow! Fabulous indeed! The treatment is absolutely outstanding!! Voted.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    I will vote twice for this one! Fabulous!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (30 Mar 2012):

    Back to vote on this beauty!

  • Adriana Carezzoli

    Adriana Carezzoli gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    bellissima Civita di Bagnoregio, mitica città estrusca. Il mio voto.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    I love it....Beautifully created...and the narrative is equally wonderful! I don't know how I missed seeing this earlier...Voting!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    Back to vote for this spectacular picture, you did such a super job and the info is wonderful... love this one!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    back to vote!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    My vote!!!


    JOE FAILK gave props (3 Apr 2012):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    amazing shot and composition Deborah................. Vote!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    BTV Deb ☺

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Neat processing and photo! voted!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    FANTASTIC SHOT!!!! My vote!!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Back to vote, Deborah!!!

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (4 Apr 2012):

    wonderful processing and feel... voted!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (5 Apr 2012):


  • Pamela Haberman

    Pamela Haberman gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Oh my Deb. This is so very good.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (12 Apr 2012):


  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (12 Apr 2012):

    Yes, voted for fabulous!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (14 Apr 2012):

    Indiana Jones would come here :)

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (17 Apr 2012):

    are no words in an image so beautiful voted

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (17 Apr 2012):


  • Julianna O'Brien

    Julianna O'Brien said (27 Apr 2012):


  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (28 Apr 2012):

    My vote. Great story and photo. Thx for sharing.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (6 May 2012):

    Yeah Rad! Voted!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (14 May 2012):

    Such a beautiful image, love the history, comp, textures, my vote !!!

  • Kim Bullock

    Kim Bullock gave props (16 May 2012):

    Absolutely LOVE this shot!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 May 2012):

    back to vote!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (31 May 2012):

    Love the treatment - voted!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (3 Jun 2012):

    RAD !

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (12 May 2015):

    such an interesting story and the shot is just wow!! My vote!

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