I have just started a restoration work in Bagnoregio, the small town in Lazio famous for its amazing ‘suburb’, Civita di Bagnoregio, the so-called “dying town”, a true jewel founded by the Etruscans, noted for its striking position atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff, in constant danger of distruction as its edges fall off. The building I have just started to restore is a typical urban dwelling along the main Corso Mazzini, on three levels and with a large garden at the back, stretching to the adjacent block. The main vertical structure is in tuff, the local volcanic rock, with floors and roof in wood. The whole building is in need of consolidation, and most of the floor will be completely rebuilt, using traditional chestnut timber (beams and planks) and reinforced screed appropriately connected to the walls. Externally the facades will remain exactly the same, as it is part of Bagnoregio’s protected historical centre.

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