Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

'Dying town' in Italy charging admission


Viterbo, April 2 - The mayor of Civita di
Bagnoregio, a small town founded by Etruscans some 2,500 years
ago which risks collapsing off its perch in central Italy, will
soon require visitors to pay a three-euro entry ticket to help
finance the preservation of the town.
Civita, known as "the dying town", is facing geological
collapse as chunks of the plateau it rests on fall from time to
time, leaving buildings structurally endangered.
"We have to intervene and deal with the situation
resolutely and efficiently," Francesco Bigiotti, the mayor of
both Civita and its bigger and geologically healthier former
suburb Bagnoregio, said Tuesday.
"Admission funds can be used for the most urgent repairs".
The ground has been slowly crumbling beneath Civita, some
145 km north of Rome, for hundreds of years.
Some access roads to the town, which has some 15 full-year
residents (the number jumps to over 100 in summer), are
threatened by the continuing erosion of the ground underneath
the town itself, largely made up of friable, volcanic tuff.
A project to reinforce the main bridge leading to the town
is planned and will be financed with regional funds.
Other parts of the town are at risk of collapsing.

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