Civita di Bagnoregio is noted for its striking position on top of a friable vulcanic tuff, overlooking the Tiber valley.
It was founded by the Etruscans over 2500 years ago, but has seen its population dwindle to just fifteen residents over the course of the 20th century, because of the constant danger of destruction through natural erosions and today it is named as "The Dying City".
Following the landslide caused by the earthquake of 1794, the ancient village of Civita, was gradually abandoned, and most of its inhabitants moved to Rota, what is now Bagnoregio. It is now reachable by a narrow and panoramic footbridge rebuilt in 1900.
Well known as the place of birth of St. Bonaventura in 1221, a religious philosopher, theologian and biographer of St.Francis of Assisi.
Nowdays Civita di Bagnoregio, has become a very charming tourist destination, and from time to time as movie sets or scenery for folkloristic events such as an exciting "donkey race" which takes place in the principal square with jockeys chosen on the spur of the moment.
Civita di Bagnoregio was placed on the World Monuments Fund's Watch List as one of the 100 most endangered sites.