And you obviously: Civita, a hamlet of Bagnoregio. And also on the cover of the famous magazine Condé Nast Traveller in the issue that talks about 65 magical places “Hidden Italy” here’s another captivating photo of Civita di Bagnoregio. Even if, luckily or unfortunately, it’s not so hidden anymore… and if you’ve never been there you can’t call yourself a real traveller! Maybe it’s because of its location in the middle of the Valle de Calanchi or because it’s inhabited by only 16 people. Maybe it can be reached only by crossing a pedestrian bridge or the millenary history that initially attributes it to the Etruscans. The fact remains that it is certainly one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. But it is still quite touristy and the crossing of the bridge can be unpleasant with adverse weather. So the question arises: When to go to Civita di Bagnoregio?
When to go to Civita di Bagnoregio so as not to find it invaded by tourists
The “dying country” (or even “dying city”) is one of the nicknames given to it. But from a tourist point of view, it is very far from reality.
So the first advice if you want to be romantically alone among its medieval houses is not to go there on the weekend.
The same goes for the high season.
But if you have no alternative, at least try to arrive early enough in the morning so you can enjoy the awakening.
However, visiting it during the Christmas holidays is still very impressive, because it seems to be in a living crib. In the other days of the winter period, the place is much less frequented, also because the crossing of the bridge can be a nice challenge with the cold wind.
Consider even going out of period you may risk finding some closed activities, but that this is compensated by the fairytale area and mystery that the place assumes when less frequented.
To assess your real reason for going to visit this enchanted city based on what you can do best.
When to go to Civita di Bagnoregio by climate
To get to the beautiful village remember that you will have to cross a picturesque bridge of about 300 meters above the valley and that you have to do so with your beautiful feet (only residents have special permits to use mopeds). So always take a look at the weather forecast and avoid doing so when there is strong wind because it would hit you hard during the crossing. Not to mention the rain. If there are rain and cold wind together it will seem more like an adventure in the Himalayas than a romantic and panoramic excursion to a place where there is a magical atmosphere, out of time.
Spring and autumn are therefore the best periods from the climate, with an ideal temperature to make the walk enjoyable.
For the rest, the medieval village is located in central Italy and has a mild temperature that hardly drops below zero even in the coldest months and rarely rises above 30 degrees even in the periods as. Average temperatures go from about 5-6 degrees in December and January to almost 25 degrees in July and August, with a usually moderate daytime temperature range.
When to go to Civita di Bagnoregio for special events
Also in Civita and Bagnoregio, as in most of the villages of Italy, there are special events, village festivals or historical re-enactments.
My advice is to check the dates from time to time on the site of the city to see what is planned before deciding when to go to Civita di Bagnoregio.
The jockeys argue animatedly and the public cheers with clamour. It is a very interesting medieval festival that allows you to immerse yourself in an atmosphere of the past and admire the jockeys running on donkeys in the square of San Donato.