Island in the Sky — Civita

Civita’s history dates back to the Etruscan and ancient Roman times. In the Middle Ages, it had a population of 4,000; today, the town is nick-named “the dead city.” I read that there are only 14 permanent residents in this pedestrian-only town; but thanks to tourism, the city is slowly being reincarnated.

12th century arch leading into
a stone passageway
cut by the Etruscans 2500 years ago

Where's the soap?

Not far inside the town gate, we found an old stone laundry dating from just after World War II when water was finally brought into the town.

As we ventured further into the town, each corner brought something else to gasp at. For all the gray stone, this was one colorful village.

We had entered a Medieval world

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