Stairway Lineup

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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.

Like in most Italian villages, Bagnoregio is full of beautiful potted plants (many of the homes don't have yards).

7 responses

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel   gave props (15 Aug 2011):

    beautiful image!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (15 Aug 2011):

    What a classic shot. Good info, too!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Lovely colors, composition and texture

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Life as it should be!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (17 Aug 2011):

    I love the aged worn look of the surfaces! The history you related is born out by those scarred and eroded walls and stairs. It must be very exciting to stand where the early inhabitants stood so many centuries ago. Very beautiful image, Deb.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 Aug 2011):

    I love this place!!! Another great image. Terrific texture, color and comp.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (20 Aug 2011):

    Very colorful...I appreciate that you include a narrative with your images. I have a slow dial up connection and it gives me time to read while the picture is loading....How interesting that neither cars or trucks are allowed in this village.. It sounds healthy to be not pollinated by the fumes and the walking is good exercise.

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