Bagnoregio is a small town in the northern part of the province of Viterbo. It is located slightly south of Orvieto and slightly to the east of the Lake of Bolsena.
To reach Bagnoregio by car you will have to travel the SP6. From Viterbo you take first the SP12 in northern direction and from Orivieto you take first the SP5 in southern direction.
The area around Bagnoregio used to be called Novem Pagi, which is Latin for “nine villages”. The origin of the name Bagnoregio itself is probably also to be found in antiquity, since there used to be Roman Baths in the area (of which no trace is left, however).
Before the Romans turned the village into a fortress it used to be an Etruscan town. the present layout is a result of alterations in the middle ages. Unfortunately earthquakes in the 16th and 17th centuries have caused considerable damage to some of the main monuments of Bagnoregio.
Tourist Attractions in Bagnoregio
- Church of Sant’Agostino: Originally a Romanesque/Gothic church, transformed into its present state in the 14th century. 16th Century frescoes (by a.o. Taddeo di Bartolo) and an 11th century wooden crucifix embellish the interior.
- Church of San Bonaventura: At the site of an earlier church, the Chiesa di Sant’Angelo, which in 1632 was acquired by the Compagnia di San Bonaventura.
Tourist Attractions near Bagnoregio
- The Grotta di San Bonaventura, a cave where this philosopher used to retire to in order to do his thinking.
- Civita di Bagnoregio is nicknamed the “Dying City”, because of the erosion that is inexorably eating into the tuff stone it is built on.
- The Valle dei Calanchi with its chestnut tree forests.