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2019 SEPTEMBER 16 to 19 ITALY, Civita di Bagnoregio

North to some beautiful villages.

sunny 25 °C
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We picked up a hire car from near the train station in Rome today. The process took over an hour of waiting as it was very busy and we were finally on the road just after 1pm. Car hire desk was very busy. With Lyn driving and me navigating, we managed to escape Rome without any problems.
Then switching to small roads heading north to our destination for the next 2 nights Civita di Bagnoregio (thank you Andreia for the recommendation).

Unfortunately less than halfway we had to stop and change drivers as Lyn was feeling sick and could no longer drive. Just in time she had pulled into a shopping center and threw up in the car park. Hopefully it's not anything serious.


Civita di Bagnoregio was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. The Civita (or City) was the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure, who died in 1274. The location of his boyhood house has long since fallen off the edge of the cliff. By the 16th century, Civita di Bagnoregio was beginning to decline, becoming eclipsed by its former suburb Bagnoregio. At the end of the 17th century, the bishop and the municipal government were forced to move to Bagnoregio because of a major earthquake that accelerated the old town's decline. At that time, the area was part of the Papal States. In the 19th century, Civita di Bagnoregio's location was turning into an island and the pace of the erosion quickened as the layer of clay below the stone was reached in the area where today's bridge is situated. Bagnoregio continues as a small but prosperous town, while the older site became known in Italian as La città che muore ("The Dying Town"). Civita di Bagnoregio has only recently been experiencing a tourist revival.


I drove the car into the storage car park, as obviously there was no way we could take a car up to the village..
Lyn was still not feeling any better so I took our bags and walked up the causeway to check in to our hotel which was a big splurge @ 80 euro per night, while she remained in the car.


After returning from my second trip up the causeway and back, it was obvious that Lyn was not well at all and could not even walk. Just lifting her head was making her extremely nauseous. As luck would have it there was a Red Cross person who had a buggy which after a little persuasion and language translation he agreed to drive Lyn and myself up the causeway into the hilltop village.

At the hotel Lyn literally crawled up the steps to our first floor room and went direct to lay down on the bed. I went for a walk around the village as the sun was setting. There was no one around, if perhaps this place is busy with tourists during the day, it is dead quiet after they have all left.

Unfortunately there was nothing open either and I had to make do with the meager supplies we had left to scrape together something for myself for dinner. The accomodation we are staying in is also a restaurant, but it like everywhere else here was not open. Lyn said she didn't want anything, trying to sleep off whatever was ailing her.

I walked around this magical village just as the sun was setting, taking photos of the empty alleyways.


This place is just so special, I really hope Lyn is feeling better tomorrow so she can appreciate our amazing surroundings.


Another beautiful day in this beautiful hilltop village. Unfortunately, Lyn is still ill and spent the whole laying down in bed. She is still suffering from a blocked ear and vertigo. Our landlord when to the pharmacy today and collected some ear drops so we hope they take effect overnight and she wakes up being able to move without throwing up.

So I spent the day wandering around the village by myself. I also walked into the nearby town to buy some food. Our accomodation did supply breakfast with our accomodation, but that was just half a cup of coffee and a small pastry, so I needed to go and have something more substantial.
Lyn was still not eating and only had a cup of tea and some crackers to keep her going.

This place really is beautiful and amazing and I walked around with very few tourists enjoying the old village, taking lots of photos. There was actually more resident cats than tourists visiting today.

Chiesa di San Donato (St Donato Church) was on the same main square as our hotel.



I went for another walk as the sun was setting to get some photos of the causeway and hilltop village in the golden light. It was dark by the time I returned again.



Today we had to leave the beautiful Civita Di Bagnoregio as we only had 2 nights booked there! Lyn is feeling a little better, enough to be able to walk to the car slowly, but we are going to find a doctor for her today because she cannot continue travelling in her present state. Managed to get a quick selfie with Lyn on the way down. Excuse her 'bed hair' as she has been in bed for the last 2 days. I'm sure we will return here on another trip to Italy.


So we called into the nearest doctors office in Bagnoregio as advised by our hotel owner, but they were not able to help Lyn. Said we needed to go to a hospital. Mr Google advised there was a hospital in the town of Montefiascone which was sort of on the way to our next accommodation location. We arrived there and Lyn was taken in straight away while I parked the car. Doctor confirmed ear infection and gave us prescription for some antibiotics which we purchased from a pharmacy down the road.


In the emergency room of the Montefiascone hospital.


Short drive to our B & B in Vitrochiano, a lovely house in the country. Looks like a great place to get well. We stopped on the way at a supermarket to load up on supplies for the next few days in case we are unable to go out. We fly out of Italy in about a week and Lyn's ear really needs to be a lot better before then.

On the road to recovery.



Recovery day at our B & B. Our lovely hosts bought us lunch, spaghetti with clams and bruschetta with salmon and lemon. OMG so yummy, how nice are they!


About 2pm the rain started, lots of sounds of rolling thunder and its quite fresh outside. Good day to be chilling out indoors.


Lyn is definitely on the mend. She is eating so that is a good sign. The antibiotics seem to be working.

Posted by Cindy Bruin 09:32 Archived in Italy Tagged de bagnoregio civita Comments (0)

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