Bagnoregio, Italy

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I thought we’d posted all of our Bagnoregio photos, but I forgot that we had this whole set from “New Bagnoregio,” which is where we actually lived (not in the Civita). I mentioned in a previous post that we thought it was funny the locals called everything outside the Civita “New Bagnoregio,” because that part of town still dates back to the 1500s. In the fifth picture up from the bottom, you can see a big wash basin, which dates back hundreds of years and uses natural spring water…our housekeeper, Maria, ran a laundry service for the town using that wash basin. One of my favorite parts of Europe is the combination of old and new in so many cities…Bagnoregio is different because there’s not much new, but in a good way. Locals live pretty much the same way they always have, and they like it that way.

I think when most people think of Tuscany, they think of rolling hills and ivy-covered walls, and Bagnoregio certainly lives up to that dream. I could never adequately describe the way the edges of the town drop off into the most unbelievable cliffs that lead to lush greenery and sunsets that are just heart achingly beautiful. I took some of the most gorgeous walks of my life in this town.

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