Rick Steves' unidiscovered Europen destinations:Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy: In the chaos that came after the fall of Rome, communities literally ran for the hills, establishing stony escapes. And to this day, there are incredible enclaves of the Old World still hiding out in the hillsides of Italy. We'll climb up to the most dramatic Italian hill town of all, a time-passed pinnacle village barely surviving into the 21st century.
There were originally 72 towers in San Gimagnano, although today only 15 remain standing. The towers were built during a very prosperous time in the city's history, when citizens built them as a way to flaunt their power and wealth. (Flickr/Dennis Jarvis)
Italy. Civita di Bagnoregio is actually two remote towns. Civita is on a hill accessible only by a long stone walkway that begins at the end of the road from neighboring Bagnoregio. Bagnoregio and the walkway to reach it. Photo by Jaroslaw Pawlak