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In Italy, A Medieval Town Confronts A Double Threat — Erosion And Too Many Tourists

The survival of Civita di Bagnoregio has grown more uncertain as erosion eats at the base on which it sits. But tourists — 850,000 expected this year in a town of 10 — may pose an even greater threat.
To get to Civita, one must take a long, winding footbridge from the neighboring town of Bagnoregio. Source: Sylvia Poggioli

Tourism is booming in Italy, which welcomed close to 50 million visitors over the summer. That has helped some places that have been struggling to survive. But for one destination, it might be too much of a good thing.

Civita di Bagnoregio is in the northern corner of the Lazio region, 75 miles north of Rome, tucked between Tuscany and Umbria.

On the road, signposts point the way to "Civita, The Town That Is Dying."

And in fact, not so long ago, Civita was at death's door — shrinking because of erosion and landslides and in need of constant restoration.

Then, in 2013, the

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