Italy’s “Dying Town” applies for World Heritage status

Civita di Bagnoregio
Civita di Bagnoregio. Image: Bluejayphoto Canva CC0

Civita di Bagnoregio, a town some 120 kilometres north of Rome, has been submitted to the World Heritage Committee. If all goes well, the “Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio” could be inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2022.

A World Heritage status would reward a “cultural landscape of enormous value and beauty”, said the Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini in a press release (in Italian).

Civita di Bagnoregio is located on the top of a hill and is only accessibly by a footbridge. The town is affected by erosion and therefore known as “The Dying Town”. Today, only 16 people inhabit the town, according to Wikipedia.

However, more than one million people visited Civita di Bagnoregio in 2019. In a National Geographic article from February 2020, Sydney Combs questioned whether tourism could save the town. If plans to create tourist attractions in surrounding towns turn out to be successful, “Civita di Bagnoregio’s recovery could provide a roadmap for other towns aiming to revive their shrinking towns through tourism”, Comby argued.

Have a look at “The Dying Town” in the drone video by Prowalk Tours below.

Sources: Wanted in Rome, Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (in Italian), Wikipedia and National Geographic.

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