Civita is a district in the municipality of Bagnoregio, in the province of Viterbo, in Lazio, among the most beautiful villages of Italy, famous for its name “The dying city.” It is located in the valley of gullies, an area situated between the Bolsena Lake to the west and the valley of the Tevere to the east, in Bagnoregio.
It is composed of two main valleys: The Fossato del Rio Torbido and the Fossato del Rio Chiaro. Originally, these places would have been smoother and more accessible and were crossed by an ancient road that connected the valley of the Tevere to the Bolsena Lake. Erosion and landslides caused the morphology of this area. The territory consists of two formations, distinct in chronology and type. The older one is clay-like, of marine origin, and forms the base layer; it is particularly subject to erosion. The upper layers are made of tuff and lava.
The speed of the erosion is due to the creeks and weathering, but is also due to deforestation. Inhabited by only seven people (in 2016) and located in an isolated position, Civita can be reached only by a pedestrian bridge made of reinforced concrete constructed in 1965. The bridge may be crossed only on foot, but recently the municipality of Bagnoregio, trying to address the needs of the people who live and work in this place, has issued a circular in which they declare that, during certain hours, residents and authorized people may cross the bridge on bicycles and motorcycles.
The cause of the isolation is due to the progressive erosion of the hill and valley that has created the typical forms of the gullies and continues today, threatening the life of the district. This is the reason it is called ‘’the dying city’’ or, rarely, “the dying country.”
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