Start of the Immersive Civita route
Five historical figures; four different eras; and a journey of ten stages. What are you waiting for? Put on the headset and let yourself be transported back in time with an Immersive Civita!
Civita di Bagnoregio Belvedere: Your immersive visit starts now. You are at the Belvedere, not far from Civita di Bagnoregio. Point from which the city can be seen in all its beauty. Here he puts on the headset and begins the Augmented Reality experience. Listen to the narration, it will explain what factors have led this place to continuous erosion. Now look ahead to its geological evolution over time. A frightening and at the same time fascinating geological phenomenon.
Entrance to Civita di Bagnoregio: The second stage sees the arrival of the historical figure Velthur, the Etruscan. You are between the VIII-VII century BC. and you are at the gates of the city. Attend the foundation of Civita di Bagnoregio. So look at it as it once was on a geological level. For example, there was no need for a bridge to connect it. Since the location was strategic for both defense; both for the means of communication.
Porta Santa Maria: Take a step back in time 10 centuries forward and arrive at the Lombard era. You are now in the 7th-8th century AD. Get to know Aufret, who will show you the changes that have taken place over the centuries. At this time you will notice that the land of Civita di Bagnoregio was already beginning to give way, causing landslides. The historical figure will tell you about the Middle Ages. You will see where the ancient church of San Pietro was located; as well as his seal ring found in that place.
Learn about the various eras of Civita
Piazza Colesanti: You are again with the Lombard governor Aufret in the 7th-8th century AD. In this stage you will discover an interesting legend about Civita di Bagnoregio. The story goes that the city was called Balneum Regis at one point. Literally “king’s bath”. The reason is undoubtedly the presence of a thermal spring with miraculous properties. According to legend, these waters healed wounds and diseases. During the vision of him, the tourist will then see King Agilulf appear with his entourage. You can approach it, walk around it and interact with the characters. Then! Are you ready?
House of Saint Bonaventura: In this phase you will see Saint Bonaventura appear near his house. This is the most significant historical figure for Civita di Bagnoregio. Hear the story he has to tell you. She will talk about his life; of the city; you will see the 3D animation of the Etruscan cave; and finally of the miracle received at the end of his life by St. Francis.
Piazza San Donato: You are now in 264 BC, and your guide will be the Roman soldier Gaius. This, in short, will tell you the story of the conquest of Civita by the Roman Empire. You will see how the city had become; Gaius will explain its urban structure to you; then the square; the holes and their function. Plus, you’ll meet San Bonaventura again, intent on explaining how the citizens broke free from Roman rule.
Ancient Civitas Museum: You will be transported inside the Antica Civitas Museum, a humble house carved into the tuff. Here lived the typical peasants represented by the character of Rosina with her family. You will meet her, and she will lead you to the discovery of a fundamental material for the city: tuff.
Observe Civita and its breathtaking scenery
Etruscan tombs: In this stage you will meet again the Etruscan guide Velthur. You will get to know the Etruscan necropolis with him; its function and its structure. In addition, you will find out what funerary rites were in the period between the 8th and 7th centuries BC.
Bucaione: The Bucaione is a deep tunnel dating back to the Etruscan era. It was originally used to go down to the valley. Last century this passage was enlarged to allow the transit of wagons, but, during the Second World War it certainly served as an excellent hiding place. Unfortunately today, since it is not accessible, it can only be explored through virtual reality.
Garden of the Poets: Finally, the last stage is entirely dedicate to the geological transformation of the Civita badlands. A narrator will tell in detail the main factors that cause their erosion. The action of the rains and periods of drought are certainly the triggering reasons. In short, you will discover the evolution through 4 phases: firstly, Decortication; secondly, Rill; then Gully; and in addition badlands. In conclusion, listen to the narrator and find out more.