Civita di Bagnoregio. Population Eleven

Near Orvieto is the borgo of Civita di Bagnoregio. The oldest part (Civita) sits perched on a pinnacle in the middle of a canyon. A near-perfect example of a hilltop city. Access to the city was originally via a donkey path along the saddle connecting Civita to Bagnoregio. Today the saddle has eroded away … Continue reading Civita di Bagnoregio. Population Eleven


The nearby city of Tuscania was once an Etruscan city and currently the home of two eighth/ninth century Romanesque churches. We drove the 30km to the city, went in circles for a half hour looking for parking, and finally found a lot on precisely the opposite side of the city from the two churches. A … Continue reading Tuscania

Tomb Tour

Prior to the Roman's turning all warlike and conquering three-quarters of the Mediterranean, the Etruscans had an empire in central Italy in what is now parts Tuscany and Lazio. The Etruscan civilization started in roughly the eighth century BCE and lasted until the third century BCE, when they were one of Rome's early conquests. But … Continue reading Tomb Tour