On our way from Venice to Rome we wanted to break up the long drive and spend a night somewhere. Florence is located perfectly, almost halfway in between Venice and Rome, but since I had been there before we wanted to discover a new place. By chance, when looking at Airbnb for places, I saw a picture of Civita di Bagnoregio. I was literally astounded by the fact this dreamy place existed, and decided as soon as I saw the picture that that’s where we would spend our night.

To reach the town you have to park your car and walk over a long bridge up hill. This, because Civita is placed on a small butte. Walking in to our hotel we were struck by an article headline stating “Civita, the town that is dying”. We soon found out that the soil underneath the town is eroding and that the edges of the butte are falling. During our trip we saw so many amazing places, but I have to say that Civita, somehow, stuck out as more special than the rest.

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I must admit I was a little bit nervous traveling into Venice in the summer heat. Since this was my first time in Venice, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect- I had heard of both nightmarish experiences and love stories from the city. Despite the sun beaming down and the 38 degree heat, I have to say the latter turned out to be true for me. Venice was absolutely amazing! Then imagine what it would be like during the cooler, less crowded seasons. Before arriving we had done absolutely no research on what to do or where to go. The only thing we did was wander around the streets, over the bridges, along the canals. Once we felt ready to go back home, we turned to google maps to find our way.

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We arrived home from the Faroe Islands on a Saturday, only to repack and leave for Italy on the following Sunday. We flew in to Milan, picked up our rental car and directly headed north. About two hours north of Milan, close to the Swiss border, was the quaint town of Chiavenna. We spent the night in an amazing tower that we had found on Airbnb. The owners were also wine producers, so the tower was surrounded by grapes.

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If living in a tower on the Italian countryside surrounded by grapes wasn’t enough, we also had this dreamy view.

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Since we had read reviews from previous guests saying they had gone swimming under them we had to do the same.
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When the late afternoon was approaching we decided to head in to town and explore Chiavenna some more.
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