“Civita di Bagnoregio, a village 75 miles north of Rome in central Italy, has come back to life in recent years. There’s just one problem: The village is slowly, steadily collapsing — and it has been for centuries. Until recently, this losing war of geological attrition was not a big deal because barely anyone lived in #Civita, and not many people visited. Decline seemed inevitable, which probably explains Civita’s nickname: Il Paese Che Muore, or The Town That Is Dying. But now, the regional government is moving to respond. While the year-round population is not impressive — maybe six people, maybe eight — Civita has become a major tourist destination. The village, which was first built by the ancient Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago, is also a candidate to become a @unesco World Heritage site. Photo by Nadia Shira Cohen on #nytassignment.” By nytimes on Instagram.
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