Italy’s depopulation crisis: Can tourism save Civita di Bagnoregio, ‘The Dying Town’?
The town receives 10,000 tourists everyday who are curious about the “dying town”. This trend has revived hope in the locals and residents for saving the town.
Located some 75 miles away from Rome, Civita di Bagnoregio is a town inhabited by humans for the past 4,000 years despite being plagued by earthquakes, landslides and soil erosion. The river at the base of Civita has worked to detach the town from bottom up and the current size of the town is 300 by 500 feet and the total population of the town is 7 people.
Since the influx of tourists, tourist trinkets and bars have come up and the locals are taking part in keeping the past alive by sharing their personal histories with the tourists. The local authorities are coming up with initiatives for attracting people to reside in the town and hope to be an example of resilience in the face of destruction by nature.