~civita di bagnoregio~

June 26th, 2009

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We drove down to Umbria, to Civita di Bagnoregio, aka il paese che muore (the dying town). It is perched on a bit of volcanic ash which regularly crumbles, dropping buildings into Tiber river valley.

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The current population is 12. The modernish town of Bagnoregio (two images above) links Etruscan Cività to the rest of Italy by a mile-long donkey path.

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The interior of Romanesque San Donato Church is quite musty and the incredible icons, including a 15th-Century wooden Crucifix by the school of Donatello, are displayed in a warehouse-y jumble.

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On the afternoon we were there, there was a tremendous thunderstorm followed by a raucous wedding.

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