PBS NewsHour Reports on Italy’s Crumbling “La Città Che Muore”

CivitaDiBagnoregio_FrankCarlsonWashington, DC (October 27, 2015) – Civita Di Bagnoregio, Italy, has just seven year-round residents. But each morning, the city swells with people, as thousands of tourists make the difficult trek up a long footbridge to see the unique city. In Italian, the city is referred to as “La Città Che Muore,” meaning “the dying city,” because Civita is literally crumbling.

Built upon layers of volcanic rock that rest upon soft clay, the city has been losing its architecture over the last 2,500 years as solid rock falls away beneath it, causing homes, walls and gardens to disappear off of cliffs.

Tonight on the PBS NewsHour (check local listings) as part of our “Culture at Risk” series, chief correspondent for arts and culture Jeffrey Brown reports on how a mix of geological engineering and tourism is breathing new life into Civita Di Bagnoregio, making it possible to rebuild the city and overcome the geological issues that threaten it.

PBS NewsHour’s “Culture at Risk” series is funded by the J. Paul Getty Trust. View previous “Culture at Risk” segments here. Last night’s segment on restoring damaged art in Florence can be seen here.

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