Highlights from Italy

  • Taking a tour of the Colosseum
  • Exploring the rooftop terrace at the Duomo de Milano
  • Walking the colorful streets of Bologna
  • Enjoying the peace and scenery in the small mountain village of San Bartolomeo Val Cavargna

Things I did while in Italy

During the summer of 2023, I spent 3 months traveling around Europe. During that time, I spent 6 weeks traveling from Sicily to northern Italy, with stops in Catania, Rome, Pisa, Florence, Bologna, Milan, San Bartolomeo val Cavargna, and Domodossola.

Learn more about each below!


As I made my way north through Italy, I made a 5 day stop in Milan. Going on top of Milan's Duomo made the whole trip worth it to me because it was so incredibly beautiful.

Personally I didn't love the city of Milan. I did like it, don't get me wrong, but I think I had an expectation in my head of it being more historic and less modern than it was.

I still very much enjoyed my time there, and everything I saw I liked.

San Bartolomeo val Cavargna

About an hour from Lugano is the picturesque village of San Bartolomeo Val Cavargna. It's a place I had never heard of but I'm so glad I found.

When I was planning my Europe trip, I zoomed out on Airbnb just to see cool places in my price range all throughout Europe, and I found this one specific Airbnb that I knew I had to visit someday. I was so tempted to go there that I almost booked it for 2 months, but then kept it as a favorite for later on.

As I kept booking places to stay throughout the trip, I moved some things around to be able to go there.

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