By charging visitors to enter its crumbling walls, the medieval town of Civita di Bagnoregio has turned the threat of destruction to its advantage

As leaders of some of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations ponder recent anti-tourism protests, they should perhaps take inspiration from the mayor of Civita di Bagnoregio, a hamlet perched on a plateau of volcanic rock surrounded by steep ravines in Italy’s Lazio region.

Francesco Bigiotti, who also manages the main town of Bagnoregio, has rushed in where other mayors fear to tread – anyone wanting to cross the footbridge to visit his medieval village must pay.

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