The town is noted for its striking position atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff at 443 meters above sea level, between the two deep ravines of Rio Chiaro and Rio Torbido. Just beyond the town lies the great valley characterized by the “calanchi”, wavy-formed, thin, clay crests spread here and there that form dense walls and huge peaks.
The scenery offered by the Valle dei Calanchi and the town of Civita di Bagnoregio, forms one of the most extraordinary and unique landscapes in Italy.
The view from the Belvedere of the Grotto of San Bonaventura is simply wonderful: the reddish village of Civita, upon which stands the slender Romanesque Church Bell Tower, rises like a small island from the fragile immensity of the Calanchi, a rippled, yet immobile “sea” that transmits the surreal sensation of experiencing a “serene storm”.
Known for decades as the “dying city”, Civita is currently making a major comeback. A significant and ever-growing flow of tourists, also of foreign origin, has brought great vitality to the ancient village, which, in returning to the glory of its original appearance, is slowly repopulating.
Moreover, there are many attractions of environmental interest to motivate tourists to visit Civita di Bagnoregio. In addition to the wonderful views and the beauty of the landscape, the incredibly suggestive atmosphere of the village is very striking. It resembles a place that has been “frozen in time”, and it may be the only late-medieval village that has, in fact, been left unchanged over time.