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The Geological and Landslides Museum of Civita di Bagnoregio (Central Italy)

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The present paper reports on the activities conducted since 2008, within the International Programme on Landslides (IPL), for the realisation of the Geological and Landslides Museum of Civita di Bagnoregio (Central Italy) (IPL project 106-1). The town of Civita di Bagnoregio (Latium Region, Central Italy), located at the border of the ancient Volsini volcano and placed on a high tuff peak that rests on fragile clay, is a stunning case where the human presence has tried for centuries to hinder the natural degradation of the cliff. It is a paradigm of the men who tries to survive in a hostile environment with an incomparable beauty and nature that wants to take its course dismantling and eroding all reliefs. The Geological and Landslides Museum is a scientific institution introducing visitors to the fundamentals of landslide science, describing the site evolution through the relationship between human being and geomorphological processes in the last millennium and, finally, introducing to the “real museum” that are the ongoing landslides on the cliff and valleys. The visitors will find in the museum many scenic spots that are describing the evolution of territory but, in the meantime, they are encouraged to visit the site and to touch by hand the various geomorphological features of the site. The museum also seeks to develop a culture of resilience to landslide disasters, promoting the site as a “geomorphological park” to study and test innovative monitoring tools, for the benefit of scientific community.

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Acknowledgements

The present project has been founded by the Latium Region and managed by the Municipality of Bagnoregio. We are very grateful to these Administrations to share an idea that originally appeared to be very unusual but now it represents a milestone in the ongoing UNESCO World Heritage List candidature.

The Geological and Landslides Museum beneficiated substantially for its inclusion in the International Programme on Landslides (IPL project n. 106-1). This activity enhanced the world wide visibility of the museum and provided a unique platform to disseminate the importance of local capacity building, as a tool to build a more resilient society to landslide disasters.

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Margottini, C., Di Buduo, G. The Geological and Landslides Museum of Civita di Bagnoregio (Central Italy). Landslides 14, 435–445 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10346-016-0778-3

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Keywords

  • Civita di Bagnoregio
  • Landslide
  • Museum
  • Raising awareness