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From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

1. From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in central Rome or head to the meeting point in the city center. Board the coach and depart at 8 AM, setting off towards the ancient city of Bagnoregio in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy.  When you arrive, take a stroll around Civita di Bagnoregio which was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. The town is noted for its striking position on top of a plateau between the two valleys called Fossato del Rio Torbido and Fossato del Rio Chiaro. Find out about how the settlement is also known as the 'dying town' and was historically accessed by a single road that led from the Tiber valley to Lake Bolsena.  Then, stop for a delicious lunch at a local Italian restaurant. In the afternoon, continue the tour to Orvieto, another small town of Etruscan origins where you can admire the magnificent 14th-century cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. Visit the remarkable Pozzo di San Patrizio, a historic well that was built by architect-engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger of Florence in the 16th Century.  Finally, return to Rome where you will be dropped off at the meeting point in the city center.

Civita di Bagnoregio: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Civita di Bagnoregio: 1.5-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Explore the historic village at a relaxing pace on this 1.5-hour guided tour. Discover the fascinating history of Civita di Bagnoregio through its well-preserved medieval buildings and complex geological evolution. Get to know 'the dying city' from a geological standpoint, as well as a historical one. Relive the different eras, each with its own legends and myths, and navigate the crumbling ruins 443 meters above sea level, built by the Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. Learn the fascinating story behind the bridge to this suspended island and marvel at the famous road that leads to the acropolis of the city, where temples and public buildings stood in Etruscan times. Admire amazing structures such as Porta di Santa Maria, the monumental gateway to the city, or the Piazza Colesanti, and the House of San Bonaventura. Finally, arrive at the Garden of Poets. Finish your tour here and enjoy breathtaking views of the gullies.

Civita di Bagnoregio: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

3. Civita di Bagnoregio: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

Cross the 300-meter bridge into this ancient city and explore its old houses, narrow streets, and charming squares. Located in Tuscia on the border between Tuscany and Lazio, Civita is called the dying city because the land on which it was constructed is slowly falling away into the Valle dei Calanchi below. Enjoy views of the surrounding valley while learning the history of this city from its founding by the Etruscans 2,500 years ago to its perilous present. Travel back in time listening to stories of Civita's grand past and pass under the Romanesque Arch at the entrance of the city knowing that in a few decades it may cease to exist.

From Civitavecchia: the Dying City and Monster Park Tour

4. From Civitavecchia: the Dying City and Monster Park Tour

Civita di Bagnoregio is located in Tuscia on the border between Tuscany and Lazio. It is called the "dying city" because the land on which it stands is slowly falling away and will inevitably disappear when the final pieces crumble into the spectacular Valle dei Calanchi below. Knowing this, and knowing that nothing can be done to prevent it makes your visit all the more special, eternal and timeless. This is the feeling that makes it unique and marvelous to the people who have experienced the dying city. Connected to the rest of the world by a three hundred meter bridge, Civita di Bagnoregio is a charming village which will make you feel you are visiting a world that no longer exists. Made up of old houses, narrow streets and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, discover a walk through the scenes and stories of this place and choose the corner that sparks your intrigue the most. You can explore the Romanesque Arch at the entrance to Civita, the Renaissance Palace or the large Piazza (which is the site of donkey races on the first Sunday in June and the second Sunday of September and where all the remaining locals come to socialize in the evenings). After visit the dying city, you will head on to discover the Monster's Park situated in the town of Bomarzo. It is also called "Sacred Wood", and was designed by Prince Vicino Orsini and the great architect Pirro Ligorio in 1552. The park is unique and represents refined Italian style gardens that follow geometric and perspective rationality with embellishments such as wide terraces, fountains with water games and mannerist sculptures. You will also discover here eccentric wood blocks of peperino, emerging from the ground and sculpted into enigmatic figures of monsters, dragons, mythological subjects and exotic animals.

Civita di Bagnoregio: The Dying City Walking Tour

5. Civita di Bagnoregio: The Dying City Walking Tour

Civita di Bagnoregio is located in Tuscia on the border between Tuscany and Lazio. It is called the dying city because the land on which it stands is slowly falling away and will inevitably disappear when the final pieces crumble into the spectacular Valle dei Calanchi below. Knowing this and knowing that nothing can be done to prevent it makes your visit all the more special, eternal and timeless. Be one of the last people to visit the village before it ceases to exist. Connected to the rest of the world by a three hundred meter bridge, Civita di Bagnoregio is a charming village which will make you feel you are visiting a world that no longer exists. Made up of old houses, narrow streets and surrounded by beautiful landscapes, walk through this magnificently unique setting. The Romanesque Arch at the entrance to Civita was built by the Etruscans 2,500 years ago and all that remains of the Renaissance Palace is the facade, the rest collapsed into the canyon. Visit the largest Piazza: the site of donkey races on the first Sunday of June and the second Sunday of September. In the evening, the piazza is the place to be, as what’s left of the town socialises there. Visit Maria’s Garden, follow the main road to the far side of town to see a lovely garden with canyon views. If the garden is open, Maria will greet you in a small piazza and urge you to see it. She shows the garden to visitors for pocket change; give her a euro or two.

Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Private Tour from Rome

6. Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Private Tour from Rome

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome for a day and tour the lovely small towns of the Etruscan area north of the Eternal City. Traveling by private Mercedes minivan, your first port of call is Orvieto, built on top of a plateau of tufa stone, half-way between Rome and Florence. Boasting bags of charm, and one of Italy's most beautiful gothic cathedrals, admire the façade of this historic monument, completely decorated with mosaics. Orvieto is also known for its white wine and outstanding foods and olive oil, and a stop at a country-style restaurant will introduce you to some of these taste sensations. Continue to Civita di Bagnoregio, sitting on a plateau of tufo stone just like Orvieto. The town can only be reached by a footbridge, and the plateau is slowly deteriorating, so that the town might not be there for much longer. You can also visit a winery to sample superb Umbrian wines, exemplified by the hillside towns of Orvieto and Assisi.

Siena - Rome Transfer Tour with Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio

7. Siena - Rome Transfer Tour with Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio

Transfer from Siena to Rome via the hill towns of Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio, allowing you to enjoy your time between destinations. Hop on to your comfortable private transportation and start the fun and practical journey experiencing the splendor of the neat and harmonious landscapes of the area while conversing with your expert English speaking driver-guide. Arrive in Orvieto, an extraordinary town that is perched on a high cliff overlooking the picturesque valley since Etruscan times, although it developed mostly throughout the Middle Ages under the Papal States. Enjoy leisure time exploring the city's cobbled streets and quiet piazzas and marvel at the intricate Duomo, the art filled interiors and the stunning gothic facade decorated with sculptures and gold mosaics that sparkle in the sun. Of the many sights Orvieto offers, the extraordinary double-helix well of Saint Patrick is a rare architectural delight, a testament to the preciousness of water and the great lengths that people would go to assure its availability. Enjoy free time to indulge in the tasty local cuisine accompanied by Umbria's tasty wines. After visiting Orvieto, continue to the stunning and unique hill top village of Civita Bagnoregio. Walk along the long, pedestrian bridge which is the town’s only access route to this day, to marvel at the high and friable volcanic sandstone cliffs that surround it. The Romanesque San Donato church welcomes you in the main square, but the origins of the town date back to the Etruscan era 500 years before Christ. Nicknamed “the Dying Town" today because of its population of only seven people during winter, Civita is admirable for its unique architecture spanning hundreds of years, as well as its ability to withstand the intrusions of modernity. Enjoy the last stretch of road towards the modernity – or antiquity – of Rome and be dropped off at your accommodation after about 8 hours of service.

From Rome: Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Trip

8. From Rome: Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Trip

You will enjoy a scenic two-hour drive to Orvieto, a town perched high atop a hill. Orvieto is impressively situated above a volcanic plug, which is a volcanic landform created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. In Orvieto, you will have time to explore and enjoy lunch before heading to Civita di Bagnoregio, a small ancient village that clings to the precipice of the steep hill it sits on and offers incredible picturesque views. This is a tour by car with an English-speaking driver (it does not include a tour guide or walking tour). Italian laws permit only licensed tour guides to accompany guests on foot to sightsee.

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What people are saying about Civita di Bagnoregio

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Mauro was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and accommodating. Because it was just our party, he was able to make personalized adjustments to the schedule to make the day ours (push back the start time, detour for coffee and breakfast before hitting the road, adjusting the Orvieto itinerary to include the well). He was kind and patient in every regard, and provided above and beyond assistance at multiple points throughout the day. Despite the somewhat unseasonably chill and rainy weather, these 2 cities were each beautiful and unique, and well worth the visit. Having Mauro as a facilitator and guide was a great enhancement, allowing us to focus on the experience rather than the logistics. Great day!

Wonderful experience

What a wonderful day we had. Matea was our guide. His English was excellent and his knowledge was impressive and he shared many interesting facts with us. Matea ensured all of our needs were taken care of. We were able to have a leisurely tour which suited us perfectly. The van was extremely comfortable and our group of 6 had plenty of room. We would highly recommend Get Your Guide and Matea.

we loved the dead city it was so beautiful and would love to go back and we enjoyed the monster park greatly our guide /driver was very informative and helpful with everything

Cezar our guide was exceptional. He was professional and courteous. He gave us good advice and was most knowledgeable about all the sites we visited.

Cristina is a fantastic guide and brought the history alive with her knowledge and stories.