The Long and Hot Climb

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedAugust 15, 2011
TakenMay 25, 2011
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Exposure1/125 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length180 mm

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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.

Just as my friend Julie and I began the long and hot climb up the bridge to Bagnoregio, this shirtless gentleman with a cane walked by us. The bridge is much steeper than it looks.

24 responses

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (15 Aug 2011):

    Good One! Been down that road (bridge)!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2011):

    Sounds like a place with lots of character.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (15 Aug 2011):

    The place I know well, I visited many years ago, seeing the photo makes me want to come back. thanks Deborah

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (15 Aug 2011):

    Great POV and entry!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2011):

    wonderful angle and a super entry.

  • stuart s

    stuart s gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Sounds like a must see place. Lovely description and shot.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Fabulous! You're always right there where the action is!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    Building a most excellent bridge to JPG's Theme Park!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    A bridge to an Italian ghost town...awesome!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    I love this...Wonderful entry, Deborah!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    wonderful entry, so interesting as well Deborah

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    What a trek! This is a great shot, Deb. I am in constant amazement of the altitude dwellings and architecture in Italy.

  • lowison

    lowison said (16 Aug 2011):

    Like this pic: in this place Deb we, me and Adriana, spend fiew fantastic hours many years ago........

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (16 Aug 2011):


  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Aug 2011):

    what a super find Deborah! I'd love to take this trek, although I'd stop short at taking my shirt off!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

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

    Fantastic entry! I would bet those who live there have very strong hearts and legs.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (17 Aug 2011):

    wow - great entry

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (18 Aug 2011):

    Great entry. Thanks for sharing. So great

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (20 Aug 2011):

    What an amazing construction!! Think I'll put an 's' on Bruce's character!! ::) What with the shirtless guy etc. Good on you for taking the challenge of the climb.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    Now that's a bridge! Great shot!

  • Jan Sluimer

    Jan Sluimer (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    wonderful place and compo

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (21 Aug 2011):

    Great bridge, great pov great history, love it..

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (22 Aug 2011):

    Wonderful capture!

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (23 Aug 2011):

    wonderful entry!

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