Il paese che muore, 'The town that is dying'.
Today I took a road trip to visit the city that Rick Steves has declared his favorite Italian city. It is an hour and 15 minutes from Cortona and 75 miles north of Rome.
You park your car at the foot of this long walkway and and make the trek across to enter.
I recommend going in the morning or evening during the hot summer months.
The hill is made of tufa, a soft volcanic stone and the city is a third of what it once was . Due to erosion, earthquakes and floods, much of the city has fallen into the valley below. The terrain is unstable and many inhabitants have moved away. Presently , there are only 20 people living year round, more in the summertime. The town has been placed on the World Monuments Fund's 2006 Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites, because of the threats it faces.
So , if you are looking for a quiet, temporary rental home , this is your place .