Friday, October 22, 2010

Field trip to Civita

We got on the bus today and took the slow backcountry road to Civita. Here's how Rick Steves describes it: "Perched on a pinnacle in a grand canyon, the traffic-free village of Civita di Bagnoregio is Italy's ultimate hill town....Civita is connected to the world and the town of Bagnorego by a long pedestrian bridge." The soft volcanic tufa stone is eroding, and sometime in the not-too-distant future the town will probably crumble into the canyon. In the meantime, though, it's a lovely destination.


I crossed the bridge by paying no attention to the canyon below me.












Once within the village, I didn't want to get too close to the edge.










Today we also visited Lake Balsena, Italy's largest lake formed in the center of an extinct volcano, and ate an extravagant dinner at La Bodia di Orvieto, a converted convent. A memorable day, our last in the Orvieto area.

8 comments:

Paul C said...

These are incredible photographs of an area close to my heart! Sounds like a wonderful vacation.

DJan said...

Whoa! Totally cool, Linda. This is gonna be fun!

Linda Myers said...

I'm just learning about photos - having some trouble with formatting text and pictures.

Teresa Evangeline said...

Those doors! I love doors and those are gorgeous! And the walk across the bridge must have been awe-inspiring, to say the least. It's a good thing there's no such thing as too much fun, because you'd clearly be crossing the line with that hill town! Keep the "cards and letters" coming! :)

Linda Reeder said...

Wow! What a place! The hike looks challenging, but totally worth it.

Arkansas Patti said...

I have seen pictures of that place and wondered how people got up there.
Do believe I could only make the trip blindfolded. Admire your courage.

Deb Shucka said...

What a wonderful adventure you're having. Just caught up with the trip so far. You're making my feet itch and my wanderlust flare. Wonderful pictures, too.

CherylK said...

Oh my goodness...I sure do hope that town doesn't crumble! There is no possible way I could have crossed that bridge. You have my undying admiration! I agree with Teresa, though...those doors are awesome. All of it is.