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11/30/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Civita Di Bagnoregio, The Magical Little Italian Town That's Slowly Eroding Away

Almost two hours from Rome, Civita di Bagnoregio -- Italy's "Jewel on the Hill" -- rises up from the surrounding hills, a majestic sight on the skyline.

Though the view is sublime, there's one problem rocking this isolated, ancient town to its core -- bits of Civita are slowly eroding away, and have been for years.

civita di bagnoregio

The main culprits of the erosion are continuous rains and the streams that line both sides of the approximately 2,500-year-old town.

Civita was built by the Etruscans, and their architecture is still prominent throughout the city, as evidenced by a massive stone arch that welcomes locals and visitors alike.

civita di bagnoregio

civita di bagnoregio

The arch comes after the often foggy, quarter-mile-long footbridge you must walk up to reach the town, as there are no cars allowed here.

civita di bagnoregio

Even though it's quite the hike to get to Civita, tourists love the town's enchanting ancient history, narrow roads and medieval ruins that litter the little hilltop town.

Tourists make up most of the people in the town during the day, as there is only a small population of full-time residents in town.

Those who have visited said that "pictures can't describe this beautiful place" and that the overall experience is "surreal, magical and beautiful."

civita di bagnoregio

civita di bagnoregio

civita di bagnoregio

So on your next Italian escape, make sure to say ciao to Civita di Bagnoregio!

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