Travel Diaries 024: Exploring the Prosecco Hills in Combai, Italy

Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe


Driving through Northern Italy is an experience of seemingly never-ending picturesque vistas, striking blue lakes, rolling hills dotted with grapevines and tiny towns perched overlooking a valley. Combine this with a late afternoon glow and you’ve got yourself a pretty spectacular introduction to an often overlooked region of Italy. As I descended down through the alps via the Austrian border and into wine country I couldn’t help but marvel at the gorgeous countryside.


Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
My destination was Combai – a little town in the middle of Italy’s Prosecco region, located roughly halfway between Venice and the alps. The town itself doesn’t have much in the way of attractions but is definitely a gorgeous spot and a great base for exploring the region. We had booked an old farmhouse through AirBnB here, and after driving down a "goat track" (as my father dubbed it – an unpaved, one-way road with no discernible destination) we ended up…here:

Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe

I could hardly believe I would be staying in such an incredible place with such a breathtaking view! I hardly knew such places existed outside of films, let alone that I would be able to stay in such a place.

Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
After unceremoniously dumping my bag inside I pulled out a chair and sat outside with a glass of prosecco that was made from grapes of the vineyard I was staring out over. It was such a wonderful moment, and one that could never truly be replicated through a photo (although I did take quite a few).

Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
As we sat outside and watched the sun disappear behind the hills, it was time to head back into town for dinner. Hoping we could manage to find our way back to our house, we piled into the car and went to a lovely trattoria recommend by our host. The menu was only available verbally, which was a little confusing as no one working there spoke English, so through our combined understanding of Italian and German we managed to decipher some of what was on offer. I ended up eating one of the best meals of my life: gnocchi that was as soft as a cloud, chargrilled meat that had been cooking over a fire all day, and salads so simple and fresh I almost cried. I could barely walk after the meal as we may have over-ordered, but it was oh-so worth it.

Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
In the darkness, we weaved our way along the dirt track, through vineyards and trees, until we found our house again. Again, I was struck by the magnificent view, this time dotted with lights from the farmhouses in the valley below.

Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe

I could definitely get used to waking up with this view!

Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe
Combai, Italy, Bramble and Thorn, Travel, Europe

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