Saint Augustine square with the Annunciation church

Coat of arms

Location of Bagnoregio in Italy

Coordinates: 42°37′36″N 12°5′42″E / 42.62667°N 12.09500°E / 42.62667; 12.09500Coordinates: 42°37′36″N 12°5′42″E / 42.62667°N 12.09500°E / 42.62667; 12.09500
Country Italy
Region Lazio
Province / Metropolitan city Viterbo (VT)
Frazioni Capraccia, Castel Cellesi, Civita di Bagnoregio, Ponzano, Vetriolo
  Mayor Francesco Bigiotti (May 26, 2014 - 2nd mandate)
  Total 72.8 km2 (28.1 sq mi)
Elevation 484 m (1,588 ft)
Population (31-12-2010)[1]
  Total 3,678
  Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bagnoresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 01022
Dialing code 0761
Patron saint St. Bonaventure
Saint day July 15
Website Official website

Bagnoregio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Viterbo in the Italian region of Lazio, located about 90 kilometres (56 mi) northwest of Rome and about 28 kilometres (17 mi) north of Viterbo.


For ecclesiastical history and titular see, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Bagnoregio

In ancient times it was called Novempagi and Balneum Regium, whence the medieval name of Bagnorea.

During the barbarian invasions of Italy, between the sixth and ninth centuries, the city was taken several times by the Ostrogoths and the Lombards. Charlemagne is said to have included it in the Patrimonium Petri, and the Emperor Louis I to have added it to the Papal States in 822.

It is famous as the birthplace (more specifically Civita di Bagnoregio) of the philosopher St. Bonaventure in the early 13th century. Writer Bonaventura Tecchi also hailed from Bagnoregio.

The mention in a letter of Pope Gregory the Great of a John newly elected as bishop of Bagnoregio is the earliest extant mention of a bishop of the see of Bagnoregio, but he was doubtlessly not the first bishop. The diocese grew over the centuries, incorporating in 1015 what had been the diocese of Bomarzo. After an earthquake in 1695, the cathedral that had been in Civita di Bagnoregio was replaced by one at Bagnoregio itself. In 1986, the diocese was incorporated into that of Viterbo, by whose bishop it was already administered since the death of the last diocesan bishop of Bagnoregio in 1971.[2][3][4][5] No longer a residential bishopric, Bagnoregio is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[6]


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Istat - Italian National Institute of Statistics.
  2. Francesco Lanzoni, Le diocesi d'Italia dalle origini al principio del secolo VII (an. 604), vol. I, Faenza 1927, pp. 546-547
  3. Giuseppe Cappelletti, Le Chiese d'Italia della loro origine sino ai nostri giorni, vol. VI, Venice 1847, pp. 23-49
  4. Pius Bonifacius Gams, Series episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae, Leipzig 1931, pp. 685-686
  5. Konrad Eubel, Hierarchia Catholica Medii Aevi, vol. 1, pp. 278-279; vol. 2, p. 166
  6. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 845

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