The Courtyard of Bagnoreggio Italy

"The Courtyard" of Bagnoreggio Italy, Egg Tempera  7 1/8x10 © Nelia Harper
“The Courtyard” of Bagnoreggio Italy, Egg Tempera 7 1/8×10 © Nelia Harper
Behind the Painting of Bagnoreggio Italy

For over 2500 years, the hilltop town of Bagnoreggio, located in the Tuscan region of Italy has served as haven from marauders, pillagers and war.  And, for the past 2500 years (or more) the hill has slowly eroded creating and ‘island in the sky’ that can only be accessed by a footbridge.  Now, rather than warding off invaders, the residents welcome the tourists to what remains of their village as they now fight against time and nature.

The volcanic tuff upon which the village was built tumbles down the hillside and disappears on the wind. Year after year, they rebuild and repair.

And, they tend their gardens and encourage the flowers to bloom. Someday, they too will disappear.

Civita di Bagnoreggio, Italy


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