In central Italy, on the border between Lazio and Umbria, there is an area of 6197 hectares called “Paesaggio Culturale di Civita di Bagnoregio”. It is candidated to become an Unesco Site in 2022 and it includes six municipalities: Civita di Bagnoregio, Bagnoregio, Lubriano, Civitella d'Agliano, Castiglione in Teverina and Graffignano.
This territory is located in the Valle dei Calanchi, a vast clayey area formed by the erosion of the rains, and it is characterized by an intense geomorphological activity (landslides, seismic activity, erosion) which makes the landscape fragile and contributes to a gradual process of depopulation. Indeed, according to Istat data, between 1961 and 2021 the population decreased by about 25%. Despite these villages continue to be researched destinations because realities suspended in time and experienced as an era far from contemporaneity.
With the candidacy for Unesco heritage, the concept of time is called into question. The past helps to reflect on their cultural importance while the present provides an idea on the relationship between absence and presence of the human figure. These aspects manifest themselves in the landscape in the form of resilience's traces, opening new horizons and a possible future in a place that doesn't want to lose its identity.