My 'La Dolce Vita' experience commenced on 22 August 2013 with a couple of leisurely days in Venice. Thereafter I embarked on a 10-day cruise on Celebrity's Silhouette, bound for Rome, via the beautiful Dalmatian coastline, with port stops in the ancient walled cities of Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Kotor (Montenegro).
The rugged and spectacular Greek Islands of Corfu, Mykonos and Santorini were next on the itinerary, as was the bay of Naples, with memorable excursions to the dramatic Amalfi Coast and the fascinating archeological site of Pompeii.
Our last port of call, prior to arriving in Civitavecchia (Rome), was the mountainous French island of Corsica which included a hair-raising drive through the Prunelli Gorges. After a brief trip to the beautiful old town of Nuremberg, Germany, to visit a friend, I took a Trafalgar tour to North Italy, where the highlight was undoubtedly the lake district, nestling in the foothills of the Swiss Alps.