We left early in the morning. I was expecting a hot and sunny day. This entire summer has been very hot and very sunny.
The drive through the hills and valleys of this region of Italy was absolutely beautiful. It felt like some kind of movie.
We approached Bagnoreggio. We drove through the little streets looking for parking. As soon as we shut off the engine to our car, the skies cracked with thunder and lightning. Rain came flooding down. The rain eventually turned into hail. We decided to wait it out inside our little Italian car.
About 25 minutes later, the storm seemed to have passed. And I was so thankful for that storm. It cooled everything off just a little bit. Did I already mention it’s been very hot?
We climbed out and proceeded to hike to our destination: Civita di Bagnoreggio. I was not dressed appropriately. I ended up taking my sandals off because I thought that it would be easier to hike back barefoot. And it was. I just had to endure the looks that people gave me. Some men shouted, “Congratulations!” as I walked past them. Still not entirely sure why, but grateful for the encouragement.
Civita was like a medieval fairytale. It felt like stepping back in time. If you are the kind of person who likes picturesque doorsteps adorned with flowers and unique and intricate details, then this is the stop for you.
I heard that in the winter only 11 people live here. Solo undici.
It was a great day trip away from the busy tourist season in Rome. Bare feet and all.