Turn left again on the Provincial Road No. 55 and follow the road signs for Bagnoregio. The entrance of the historical centre of this small town passes by the Albana gate, which was built in 1589 but was removed in 1906 and put in its present position.
Passing by the XIX century St. Bonaventura church and going along via Roma as far as piazza Cavour, there is a cathedral dedicated to the SS. Nicola, Donato and Bonaventura. It was formerly the church of S.Maria della Neve, widened and restored several times during the XVII and XVIII century. The present fa├žade was built around the middle of the XIX century.
The buildings of the most important families of Bagnoregio face corso Mazzini, which leads to the wide piazza St. Agostino. The square is surrounded by many remarkable buildings such as the XVI century town hall with an imposing staircase, the Ss. Annunziata church, the St. Agostino monastery and the de Dominicis building (today Cagiano de Azevedo). At the centre of the square stands the XIX century monument dedicated to St. Bonaventura. At the edge of the town, walk to the S.Francesco Vecchio viewpoint, which overlooks the most famous view of Civita and the valley of gullies. Via Mercatello leads to the village of Civita, which you can reach only by foot through a long modern viaduct.
Due to the unstable clay slopes and the continuous landslides, the ancient bridge collapsed and was rebuilt several times in the past.
The S.Maria gate is characterized by an internal Etruscan structure and is dominated by a keep adorned with a XVI century portico where the church of S.Maria "supra Portam" used to be. The main square is exactly at the centre of the village, in front of the cathedral dedicated to St. Donato. On the opposite side of the square, you can recognize the remains of the ancient town hall with scarp foundations and a truncated tower, while on the right stands the Renaissance Alemanni-Mazzocchi palace (seat of the Geological and Landslides Museum).
From St. Donato square, the itinerary continues in a labyrinth of alleys that branch off in many directions. In every corner, amazing views can be seen as well as apocalyptic visions of collapsed houses, or buildings slid down in the valley from the edge of the tuff cliff.
The lively imagination of Bonaventura Tecchi called Civita the "dying village". Fortunately, this definition belongs now to the past since the world has finally realized that this settlement, which looks like a volcanic island floating above gullies, is unique and must be protected.


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