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Civita Bed & Breakfast
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Reviewed June 9, 2009

The other reviews peg Civita B&B very well. It's in a beautiful old building. It's easy to imagine that you've happened onto the place for a evening's rest during the middle ages.

Franco, the owner, was nowhere to be seen during our stay, but his daughter was there to half-way attend to us. Her English is barely passable and, try as we may, we could never get a smile out of her...perhaps because she's stuck working in a ghost town.

But as soon as we arrived (four of us...we took all three rooms for the night) she gave us 3 ice-cold liter bottles of water, and brought out a liter carafe of good red wine. We had another liter with dinner. The wine helps get you by the hard walk up to the town and the lack of night life. No TV in the rooms, but the next morning I did find one down in the restaurant.

The dog Brillo (or whatever) was a great friend. He barked like crazy when I walked into the empty restaurant upon arrival and woke him up, but after that he and I were great friends.

We were served a great dinner. No choice from a menu, we just took what she cooked us and it was good. After dinner I wandered the streets alone after dark (they're well lit), ran into a couple of cats an no people at all. There were lights on in a few of the houses, so somebody's there, but they apparently roll up the sidewalks at sundown.

As others mentioned, the shower doors are barely hanging in place, but the bathroom smelled okay to me and I felt it was clean enough for an old boy scout like me.

It was the quitest night of my 3 weeks in Italy, except for a huge cat fight on the town square (right below my window) about 3 a.m.

Also as others mentioned, breakfast was miserable. A croissant in a plastic wrapper and a cup of cappuccino. But we still loved the town and the atmosphere of the B&B, and would be happy to stay there again, and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Patrick_Arkansas
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Reviewed May 29, 2009

We LOVED Civita. This is a hidden gem worn down by time and the elements. Going there is like stepping back in time hundreds of years. We stayed at the only B+B in town. We have a sense of adventure so we were able to handle it but wouldn't stay there again. It was an experience that we look back on and laugh. Franco cooked for us and was really fun. He kept pouring us his homemade wine (which was very good) and telling us we only had to go up the stairs to bed so it was okay! The meal was not bad it was interesting and we thought fun. There were a few other couples and we all had great conversation and stories. Franco had to leave early so he rode off into the night on his motor scooter (which I think had no muffler). Our shower was filled with mold and the sliding doors were more like leaning doors. I took a picture of my husband struggling to shower while holding up the doors and not letting the mold touch him. I was laughing so hard despite the situation. The bed was hard but we were tired so we slept fine. The breakfast was a packaged croissant (more carbs) and a cappuccino which was really good we thought. Now here's the clincher... As we were exploring in the morning I found the room where the sheets for the B+B are dried. In a dirt floor room at the bottom of the B+B with garbage scatted and tons of cats everywhere, and cat smells. I took a picture. I By the way Rick Steves is friends with Franco but when he visits Civita he stays in Bagnoregio at the bottom of the hill. He does eat at Francos though. If Franco wasn't there it wouldn't be as fun. Brillo the only dog in town lives here, and to this day we mention his name from time to time Brillo. It's fun to say. One of the girls helped me to pronounce it correctly it's Bre-Low you have to elongate to e. All in all I would say stay the night if you want to have a funny story to tell otherwise stay at the bottom of the hill.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2007

This historic Etruscan town is perched on a cliff in the middle of a valley -- and it really is a stunning sight. Only accessible by a footbridge (you have to carry your luggage up -- so pack light), the town is rumored to have only 14 residents. After staying there for one night, I'd say it's more like four or five. This tiny town is fascinating -- all medieval stone architecture and jaw-dropping views of the surrounding countryside -- but the operative word here is "tiny." You can soak up everything the town has to offer in a few hours, so I wouldn't recommend staying here more than one night. That said, the Civita B&B is comfortable but basic. We stayed in Room #3, which overlooks the town square. We had a queen bed and private bathroom that was small but clean (the shower had plenty of hot water and great water pressure). When we arrived, the chatty owner Franco poured us two glasses of wine before we even checked in. You'll see Rick Steves pictures all over the walls (and note how Mr. Steves strategically makes sure one of his guidebooks is in every pic), and Franco will tell you all about his friendship with the man who put Civita on the map. We sprung for the dinner (which, really, you have to unless you're planning on walking back over the footbridge to the town next door since everything -- and I mean EVERYTHING -- in Civita closes by 6 p.m.), which was a no-frills but tasty meal of bruschetta, pasta, salad, and a meat dish (steak for my husband, pan-fried sausages for me) with plenty of wine. I was picturing the B&B to be a little more homey, but the two women who fix dinner don't speak English very well and by that time, Franco had headed back over the footbridge to his own house. Franco's dog, Barillo, does stay overnight and he's really cute. My husband endeared himself to Barillo by sneaking him bites of steak. Breakfast is especially uninspired -- coffee, juice, and a pastry in a plastic wrapper -- but by then we'd soaked up the town's charms and were ready to move on. Worth a brief stop, but you'll be bored out of your skull if you stay there more than one night.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank leighlee0829
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Reviewed October 19, 2007

I have visited many Italian hill towns and Civita has to be the most spectacular due to its locations. Unfortunately it is basically a ghost town. You can walk around it in about 20 minutes. Civita is worth only one night, if that. We got shook down by a little old lady who invited us to view her garden and then insisted on 1 Euro. A movie was being filmed while we were there, so it gave us something to watch.We stayed at the Civita B & B [--] in Civita di Bagnoregio the first 2 nights of a 7 night Italian fly/drive at 68 Euros per night. You can’t drive into Civita. You have to walk in, up a VERY steep hill, carrying your luggage. It was good to have a room waiting for us, because we needed a shower by the time we climbed the hill. The room (#1) was adequate—clean with a comfortable bed. The only amenity was a fan. However, the bath was another story. It smelled slightly of mildew or sewer. The shower doors in the bathroom were broken. Soap was limited to a pump bottle which didn’t work. Our 2 bath towels were reduced to 1 on the second night—had to ask for another one. Toilet paper was rationed to 1/3 roll. (Lord help you if you had diarrhea!) The bathmat was the size of a large handkerchief. The included breakfast was only orange juice, a packaged croissant, and coffee/tea. Franco’s Trattoria Antico Forno offered a fixed price, 3 course dinner that was good for 15 Euros per person—there was no where else to eat.

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  • Stayed: March 2018, traveled as a couple
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