The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio

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The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio is part of the Tentative list of Italy in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio is an example of an ancient village founded in a precarious location, atop a high tuff peak on the border of the ancient Volsini volcano. Originally settled by the Etruscans or Villanovians over 2500 years ago, the village largely dates to the medieval period. Set in a fragile and unstable environment, there is clear evidence of the natural degradation of the cliff over the centuries and human attempts to halt it.

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Matejicek

Czechia - 24-Dec-18 -

The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T) by Matejicek

Updates September/2021: I am reading the nomination file and thinking intensively about the OUV justification. The town Bagnoregio, the hamlet Civita, and the surrounding Valle dei Calanchi (Badlands Valley) have been proposed as the core zone.

The text is rather confusing, the justification is full of flowery phrases not easily understandable for me. The new term "antifragility" as the main feature of Civita has been invented and proposed following the Italian tradition of artificial intellectual constructions (Bologna porticoes). It is argued that the place is permanently inhabited since Etruscan times, and now there are still around 10 residents. Without the human interventions Civita would be totally eroded as seen all around. I am wondering why the inhabitants are so stubborn, maybe the reason is a beauty of the place...

In the comparative analysis, places like Athos, Meteora, and other similar sites all over the world are mentioned. However, the highest frequency of the comparable places are in Italy: WHSs - Amalfi, Matera, Cinque Terre, Piedmont vineyards, Val d´Orcia, TWHSs - Volterra, Orvieto, and other sites - Pitigliano in Tuscia, or Aliano in Basilicata. I have to admit that Civita is kind of different when compared to above listed sites. The integrity and authenticity is indisputable. The Civita houses are built from the same tufa stones on which they stand, and there is no disturbing element. Even the concrete bridge from 1963, which is described in the justification in detail, is OK and can be taken as the important element of the site.

All in all, I changed my mind (my review from 2018 below). The quality of the Civita cultural landscape is understandable even without reading thick books or understanding the term ANTIFRAGILITY. When looking at the nominations for 2022, Civita is probably the best one of all European proposals - Thumb Up!

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The site is accessible from the town of Bagnoregio in Lazio region and the first sight towards the Civita valley is breathtaking. Civita is accesible for pedestrians only via one bridge for a fee of few Euros. The town of Civita is quite small and it is still diminishing due to the collapsing of tufa rocks, and there is almost nothing special inside the town - a gate, little streets and a square with stone houses. We also try to enter the valley around Civita as we did a loop around the Civita landscape by car, but it is not easy to access it and even to view it from other sites than from Bagnoregio because of thick bushes and collapsed side-roads. It would require more time for detailed exploration of the landscape around the Civita than we had. We traveled from Orvieto to the Viterbo region and this was just a short stop.

I am afraid that similar eroded landscape can be seen also in other parts of Italy and Mediterranean, and Civita itself is small sister of more impresive Orvieto in Umbria or Pitigliano in Tuscany. Therefore, I am not sure if there is any OUV. Anyway, I would recommend enjoying the view from the terrace of Bagnoregio over the valley of Civita with glass of beer from the nearby bar...


Full Name
The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio
Country
Italy
Added
2017
Nominated for
2022
Type
Cultural
Categories
Cultural Landscape - Relict
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2017 Added to Tentative List

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