Year of 2017

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

The Etruscans founded Civita more than 2,500 years ago, building the walled city atop a hill made of volcanic tuff. Thanks to its isolation—access is only possible via the long walkway seen in this photo— Civita has been largely unaffected by modern developments. And by modern developments, we mean the Renaissance and everything after. In winter, as few as 12 residents remain in the city, but in summertime, seasonal residents arrive to accommodate the tourists who come to see this time capsule of a village in central Italy.

Civita di Bagnoregio is a town in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy, a suburb of the comune of Bagnoregio, 1 kilometre east from it. It is about 120 kilometres north of Rome.