Historical Hill Town Heaven - Domus Civita

To arrive at the foot of Civita di Bagnoregio is to discover a place that until then only existed in dreams:

the ultimate Italian hill town preserved by a rich and splendid history and by the love of its current inhabitants. Entering the old town by walking over its footbridge and going through its Etruscan gateway is like stepping back in time 600 years to rediscover the beauty and peace of a different way of life. The town appears almost made of gold and silver - the gold of the tufa rock of its cliffs and houses, the silver of its basalt paved streets. Like a jewel that was eroded by time only to preserve its most beautiful core, Civita will transport you to a place of wonder and poetry, close to the incredible history of man’s tenacity and vision, to nature’s endurance and labor of love.

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From the formal Italian garden you can access 2 stone caves that have been converted into an amazing and unique pool with hot tub as well as a garden kitchen. Below these an underground art gallery has been created in a medieval wine storage grotto. These spaces have all been carved into the tufa rock of the cliff centuries ago.

Domus Civita is a portion of a 14th century palazzo that sits on an underground system of caves, etruscan thombs and a Roman water cistern. The floor tiles, the stone fireplace, the rustic ceiling beams are still the original ones and have been carefully restored. Through the caves you access the beautiful formal italian garden which hangs between 2 stone cliffs with amazing views of the surrounding valley.

Domus Civita is a unique place to celebrate special events in your life. Several guest come to celebrate weddings, anniversaries, special birthdays, etc.

An old Roman water cistern, still plastered in its original hydraulic plaster, has been transformed into a truly unique wine cellar of highly selected local wines. It is accessed through a medieval set of caves and tunnels dug fully into the rock which also connect the house to the garden.

It is a magical experience to walk through and being able to enjoy these unusual underground spaces.

This amazing view welcomes you every morning after waking up.

The exposed tufa rock of some of the wall and the presence of the many arched doors gives this room a unique cozy feel.

The town of Civita is an idyllic place of beauty and charm and an oasis of peace away from the modern world. The houses are made of the same tufa rock that the town is built on, making them feel as a natural organic extension of the cliffs. The streets are filled with hydrangeas, geraniums and jasmine, many wondering cats, a few enchanted tourists.

Civita’s most illustrious citizen, the philosopher Saint Bonaventure, once said "sentiment penetrates where intelligence does not reach” and the town in many ways represents just that…a place to get lost in, beyond our understanding of it.

If beauty is truth and truth is beauty, we found both in Civita and we are delighted to share this magical place with you.

 

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