Civita submits nomination proposal for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List


Civita di Bagnoregio is at the heart of Airbnb’s ‘Small Villages’ project and is taking a step towards its inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Civita it’s a one of a kind place, set on the top of a tufo hill; it is connected to the surrounding area by a 1KM bridge suspended at a height of 70 meters — giving the village a charming feel.

The Italian Permanent Representation at UNESCO has shortlisted Civita and its “Cultural Landscape” in the Italian Tentative List within the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, essential prerequisite of a long consultation procedure towards the renowned inclusion in the List.

The President of Lazio region, Nicola Zingaretti, together with the President of the UNESCO National Commission Franco Barnabè, Civita di Bagnoregio’s Mayor Francesco Bigiotti and the President of the Civita Association Gianni Letta, gave the announcement and presented the initiatives taken in order to follow the procedures.

In the spring of 2015, President Zingaretti began an appeal to “Save Civita di Bagnoregio and the badlands valley” — that quickly received support from more than 150 influential people across the arts, sciences and academic space as well as 40,000 members of the public who signed an online petition to save the crumbling town.

Airbnb encouraged our host and guest community to support the petition and recently launched the “Casa d’Artista” (“Home of the Artist”) project, the first public building to be listed on the platform.

Casa Greco, a historically significant building in the town of Civita di Bagnoregio in Viterbo Province, had been left vacant for some time but has now been lovingly restored thanks to a new partnership between Airbnb and several key partners. The space has just opened and will host artists and art-lovers from all over the world. All proceeds made from the listing will be used to fund the town’s development — from supporting “Casa d’Artista’s” maintenance through to funding other cultural projects in the community, creating a system of self-sufficiency.

You can visit the house and book it here.

2017 is the year that celebrates Small Villages in Italy. Airbnb encourages the spread of tourism to places not often found in the typical tourist guide book and our support of small villages through projects such as “Casa d’Artista” continue.

We wish the best of luck to Civita di Bagnoregio in their bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Civita di Bagnoregio represents the many beautiful small villages in Italy.

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