Civita di Bagnoregio, also known as the dying town, is a marvel of its kind. Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it is visited every year by thousands of tourists. A bunch of medieval houses and a population of very few families clinging to a tufaceous rock spur and united to the world only by a long and narrow bridge, built on the wide valley of the gullies (crests of clay), thus offering the tourist an enchanting scenario.
The visit of Civita di Bagnoregio starts along the narrow breathtaking bridge that leads us, suspended on the steep valley, to the perched village. After passing through the characteristic door, one reaches the church of San Donato which, altered during the 16th century, houses a wooden Crucifix dating back to the 15th century of the Donatello school. To admire some medieval buildings, the characteristic profferli, the cave of the Madonna della Contrada Carcere (ancient Etruscan tomb) and the remains of the house of San Bonaventura. A walk along the small streets of Civita allows you to discover small and charming shops of local craftsmanship and research the local wine and oil stores, which you can taste on the spot with samples of bruschetta. It is also possible to visit an old mill of the 16th century still in operation until the 50s and the medieval house where Pinocchio was shot in 2008.
Civita is also home to San Bonaventura da Bagnoregio, one of the doctors of the Church, seventh minister of the Franciscan order and author of the Legenda Maior, the one that is still considered the official biography of Saint Francis of Assisi. Visible is the cave of the Saint, near the Belvedere, where according to tradition the meeting took place between San Bonaventura and the poor of Assisi and, in the village of Civita, the remains of his birth house.