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The beautiful island of Sardinia has picture perfect beaches surrounded by beautiful topography and foilage.  The island does not receive the attention that many of the Greek islands in the Mediterranean do but that is not a problem for many of the Italians that visit.  They would rather keep it a secret and have vacation memories that are belissima ones.  

Malta is one of those travel destinations that, for many that don't have access from Europe, registers at the top of the list for places to visit.  Cruises, many UNESCO World Hertiage sites and investments in tourism have made it a popular destination with thousands unloading from ships daily in the port of Valletta.  Our image gallery below from a visit to the island in 2018 provides over 30 amazing reasons why it should be included on your list.

Malta Malta

Travel to Malta for a destination that will satisfy your wanderlust for ancient civilizations, intricate architecture and a culture rich with history.  Malta, located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily and north of Africa, is actually an archipelago of three islands.  Besides Malta, there is Gozo and Comino, both smaller than the main island but with their own rich and ancient history and epic scenery. It has a long history spanning centuries of colonial occupation, from the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs and France to Britain in more recent times.

The best of CORFU The best of CORFU

Your Mediterranean cruise is going to Corfu, so what are the attractions you can see in one day and the history behind this island to make it a travel destination? The Greek island of Corfu, also known by its Greek name of Kerkyra, lures travelers from all over the world to its natural beauty, stunning coastline, pristine beaches with crystalline water, multi-cultural heritage and amazing archaeological sites. It is the greenest and lushest of all the Greek islands. Its pleasant Mediterranean climate, appealing natural landscape and abundant resources, and strategic location between Italy, Greece and Albania in the Ionian Sea made it the target of many conquerers over the past centuries.  The Venetians, French and British, to name a few, left their indelible mark on the culture and architecture of this island.

Dubrovnik - Pearl of Adriatic - A Timelapse Film Dubrovnik - Pearl of Adriatic - A Timelapse Film

In our continuing collection of curated travel videos we were inspired by this timelapse creation of Dubrovnik.  The scenery captures part of the day and night adventure that can be found when visiting this amazing UNESCO city heritage site.  The deep blue color of the Adriatic sea contrasting with the burnt orange tile rooftops in the hisitoric city create lasting memories for you when dreaming, planning or recalling memories of a visit.  Becoming one of the most popular destinations in Southern Europe this is a great video to watch to get pumped up about your future visit.

Visitlazio.com - Civita di Bagnoregio Visitlazio.com - Civita di Bagnoregio

Beautiful Civita di Bagnoregio, a medieval village perched high on a hilltop, is a must-see travel destination in central Italy, not too far from Rome, in the Lazio region of Italy. Long neglected since residents left this iconic village, it has been saved by tourists and becoming a popular attraction in Italy. There are pages of Instagram photos from travelers that have captured the unique perspective of this village. It is an astounding sight to see this ancient village sitting high atop a rock hill, which is only accessible by a long steep pedestrian bridge. The walk to the village via the foot bridge takes about 15 breathtaking - in all definitions of the word - minutes, but it's well worth the views and the trek around this quiant little town with stunning views of the countryside through little alleyways and various points throughout the town.

Civita is actually the name of the hilltop town and Bagnoregio is the nearby town.  Only a handful of people live in the village now.  The volcanic tufa rock on which the town sits is gradually eroding over time.

 

Getting to Civita di Bagnoregio

To visit Civita, buses from the nearby town of Orvieto drop people off in Bagnoregio where they can catch a minibus or walk to the top of the hill. You can also drive to the town of Bagnoregio and park at the bus lot or at the base of the bridge walkway, which is much closer and more convenient since the walk up the hill to the village isn't for those not in reasonably good shape.

From Rome there are tours that take day trips and you can take a train from Rome to Orvieto and then the bus to Civita di Bagnoregio.  Many may think you can do both Orvieto and Bagnoregio in a day but that would be challenging unless you get a very early start.

 


Things To Do In The Village

The main sites to see when visiting Civita are the Romanesque Arch built by the Etruscans 2,500 years ago at the entrance of Civita, the remains of the Renaissance Palace, the Piazza with its amazing Etruscan columns, the Church and its impressive bell tower, the Etruscan Caves on the east end of the town, and Maria's garden on the far side of the town with spectacular canyon views from her garden.  She'll show visitors the garden for a euro or two.

There are several B&Bs in Civita where you can stay the night and some small restaurants for food and refreshment.

Stunning Photos and Video

The featured tourism video in this article includes stunning aerial drone video and scenes inside this historic village.  This location draws tourists and photographers because of some of the beautiful opportunites the village provides to capture Italy is days past.  Can you imagine living here hundreds of years ago?  Watch the video to get ideas on how you can capture your memories in long wide angle views and then close ups within the village walls.  While this video was captured mainly by drone there are strict requirements for flying in Italy including steep insurance so always check regulations if you fly drones.  We will be bringing our favorite 4K DSLR Sony a7R II camera and EVO Rage gimbal to capture some of our own amazing video and our other photo gear.  If you capture some great video or photos will visiting, share with with #somedaytrips for a possible feature on instagram, twitter or facebook.  

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 If you do have the chance do take the time to spend a day or part of a day visiting Orvieto another great day excursion from Rome.

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Hello Santorini!  Click play and you will be virtually transported to Santorini for three minutes of pure wonderful on a timelapse journey around this island treasure. 

For us, It brings back many memories of our trip to this beautiful jewel of the Aegean Sea.  Videographer Dimid has created a fantastic timelapse video that captures the extraordinary beauty of Santorini, an island that is one of a kind with its bright whitewashed houses, blue domed churches, technicolor fuschia flowers, and steep rugged cliffs.  His video captures the incredible beauty of this island, considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world.