CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIOThe tuffaceous hill on which it stands Civita is undermined by the continuing erosion of two streams flowing in the valleys below and the action of rain and wind: thus it is crumbling, slowly but surely. The village, where a few families endure to live, is crumbling, evaporating – you’re losing: tomorrow will not be a mirage, as the most beautiful dreams, like Venice (also condemned by the water), as anything that reveals the fragility , human impotence. The best definition of Civita is his son Tecchi Bonaventure: “the dying city”. The fate of the place almost scored, the surreal landscape of clay gullies that encircle the village, their sombre colors that contrast with those golden tuff, make Civita a unique, solar and twilight together, living or spectral, depending on the ‘ mood of the viewer from the precipice of Belvedere conclusion “aerial” – almost – the old town of Bagnoregio, which starts from the beautiful port Albana. In front of the Belvedere, which is connected to the world by a single narrow bridge of 300 meters, here Civita, resting gently on a hilltop, with its tuft of medieval houses. Entering the village (so to say, few people live there), the first important monument you come to is the Porta S. Maria, surmounted by a pair of lions clutching two human heads, a symbol of tyrants defeated by Bagnoresi. Further along the Via S. Maria opens into the main square, where you can admire the Romanesque Church of St. Donatus remodeled in the sixteenth century. It holds a beautiful wooden crucifix century, the school of Donatello, and a fresco of the school of Perugino. The Renaissance palaces Colesanti, Mouth and Alemanni impose themselves in the narrow streets with typical houses with balconies and outside stairs called “profferli”, typical of the Middle Ages Viterbo. In the capital of Bagnoregio, is worth visiting the Renaissance Gate Albana, the design of which is attributed to the architect Scalza, the Temple of St. Bonaventure, a Greek cross and dome, and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The current temple was refurbished for the first time in 1606, has undergone several changes. Among the remarkable things, a Bible of the twelfth century. in illuminated parchment, perhaps belonging to St. Bonaventure and the silver reliquary in the shape of an arm of blessing in which the relics of the saint. Also worth seeing is the Romanesque-Gothic Church of the Annunciation, flanked by a slender bell tower in 1735 and rich in paintings. Notable cloister built in 1524 and designed by architect Michele Sammicheli the central well of 1604, the work of Scalza. On the eastern edge of the Belvedere, where there was a Franciscan monastery is a cave dug into the tuff called St. Bonaventure. According to tradition, this philosopher teenager, would be cured after the mother had called Francis of Assisi, who died recently (October 3, 1226).