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Civita di Bagnoregio: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

1. 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.

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.

Bagnoregio: Civita di Bagnoregio Entry Ticket & Audio Guide

3. Bagnoregio: Civita di Bagnoregio Entry Ticket & Audio Guide

Visit Civita di Bagnoregio, also known as the dying city. Get an entry ticket complete with audio guide and set out to explore this small village only accessible by a narrow bridge linking it to the neighboring village. Originally founded 2,500 years ago, this small town near Rome stands atop a red tufa cliff surrounded by the Valley of Calanchi. The town’s strategic position is also what lends it the nickname "the dying city" since the town is crumbling as the cliff slowly erodes. Walk across the narrow bridge, step through the Santa Maria Gate, and discover the unforgettable atmosphere of this medieval village. Listen to an audio guide on your phone and learn the fascinating history of this ancient place. Once you’re done exploring, stop at one of the local restaurants or bars for some refreshment. Before you leave, pop into one of the artisan shops to take home a souvenir of your experience.

From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

4. 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.

From Civitavecchia: the Dying City and Monster Park Tour

5. 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.

Private Tour of Lazio and Umbria Regional Gems

6. Private Tour of Lazio and Umbria Regional Gems

Get picked up from your accommodation in Tarquinia, Civitavecchia, Montalto di Castro, or Tuscania and travel 35 minutes by car to reach Civita di Bagnoregio. See firsthand why Civita is known as the dying city as its foundations slowly crumble and fall into the spectacular Valle dei Calanchi below. Knowing that this ancient city is soon to disappear – and that nothing can be done to prevent it – makes your visit all the more special. Check out the 2,500 year old Romanesque Arch built by the Etruscans 2,500 years ago and the facade of the Renaissance Palace that remains after the rest collapsed into the canyon. Visit the largest piazza where what’s left of the town population socializes.  Afterwards transfer to Orvieto. Go on a walking tour and explore the town's impressive Duomo. Then head to the incredible Orvieto underground for a guided excursion through the remains of an ancient mill, medieval ruins, and other evidence of everyday life from past civilizations. Continue on to Montefiascone on Bolsena Lake. Tour the historically significant Rocca dei Papi, perched on the highest point of the Montefiascone hill. Learn why it was chosen as a key seat of papal power during the pope's exile in Avignon in the 14th century.  Take in a breathtaking view of Bolsena Lake before getting transferred back to your accommodation.

Civita di Bagnoregio: The Dying City Walking Tour

7. 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 E-Bike Tour

8. Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio: Private E-Bike Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome for the day on a 14-hour bike tour through the lovely landscapes of Lazio and Umbria. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by train to the Tiber Valley for the start of your biking adventure. Experience the tranquility of the Alviano Nature Reserve, and pedal uphill to Civita di Bagnoregio. Known locally as “The Dying Town,” the once thriving cliff side village is one of Italy’s most beautiful towns from the Middle Ages. Perched on a plateau of rock that is connected to the rest of the world by a narrow bridge, cross on foot or by bike for breathtaking views. Continue biking through the lovely landscapes of Umbria, heading for Orvieto, the climax of your day. Built on a summit of volcanic tuff, the city’s defensive walls are constructed from tufa stone. Explore Orvieto's enchanting streets and go to the impressive 14th-century cathedral (Duomo), with a Gothic façade considered one of the masterpieces of the Late Middle Ages. Marvel at the large rose window and golden mosaics, before dinner in a wine cellar and your transfer back to Rome.

From Rome: Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Day Trip

9. 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.

Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Skip-The-Line with Lunch

10. Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio Skip-The-Line with Lunch

From Rome, the tour will include stops to visit the towns of Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoreggio. Explore these towns at your own pace, or choose to employ the services of a private locally-licensed tour guide, at an additional cost. Orvieto is a town in the region Umbria situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. The site of the city rises above the almost vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa. Orvieto was built originally in the Etruscan era, and it kept growing throughout the ages. It now has the looks of a medieval small town, but it’s still possible to understand its entire history by visiting the town’s most important sites. Among the important sites to visit in Orvieto is the cathedral, one of the most magnificent you’ll ever see. Civita di Bagnoreggio is a small town located atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff. It was founded during the Etruscan era, and during the centuries it never grew much in width, always remaining incredibly small. Nowadays, the town has a limited number of inhabitants, and it was known as a dying town before tourism started to head in its direction during the last few years. During the tour, you’ll have lunch in a typical farmhouse restaurant and visit the main sites of each town. Please consider that spending a long time in each of the towns will mean that you’ll be able to have shorter visits in the other towns. At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to your accommodation in Rome. The tour will be a total of 10-hours from pickup to drop-off.

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What people are saying about Civita di Bagnoregio

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Absolutely wonderful day! Our guide, Andrea, was personable and tailored our full day private tour to our wishes. We were picked up on time directly from our hotel. No problems whatsoever during the entire trip. We were able to enjoy far more unique sites in central Italy than if we had attempted to do this on our own with a rental car.

The places we visited were, without a doubt, wonderful; but the courtesy of our guide was exceptional. Thank you, Andrea, for providing us, in addition to information, a little piece of your heart and a little bit of the soul of your country. I hope life brings us together again.

A fantastic and eventful excursion with Erna, our German-speaking tour guide. Everything went extremely well from start to finish. We will not soon forget this great day. Annette & Natascha

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.