Before making our way to Rome for the flight home we stopped at the Orvieto train station, boarded a bus to Bagnoregia and climbed the hill to Civita. This UNESCO World site literally stands apart from any other we have ever visited in Europe, as a medieval town with a population under 10, Civita is as enchanting as they come. While virtually no one we spoke to in our travels had ever heard of this village our anticipation grew as we waited to see if it was as magical as Rick Steeves described it in his Europe Through the Back Door DVD series.
The tastefully decorated rooms, kindness of the staff, palate pleasing meals and local wine, (D.O.C. ORVIETO CLASSICO "BELLORO"), from Cantina Custodi Winery and Vineyard, made the Civita B & B one of our favorite accommodations over the 26 day trek. The staff Fiorella, Nina and Giorgia created a wonderful atmosphere and was very attentive to traveller's needs providing complimentary wine and water when we arrived and ensuring our stay was perfect...and it was! To book accommodations or just enjoy a lovely meal search www.civitadibagnoregio.it and don't forget to try the tiramisu. We had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Franco, who shared stories about the town, his business, and his long term friendship with Rick Steeves (whose travel advice we have embraced over the past two years). As he often describes the 'off the beaten path' locations as some of the most special we would have to agree that Civita is every bit the peaceful, romantic place it was described to be and with it being so accessible from Rome and Florence it is definitely worth the side trip. Sitting at the bottom of the hill and embracing the silence and solitude, while waiting for the sun to come up over top this majestic town, is one of the memories I will cherish for years to come.
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