In the fall of 2011 we took what I still consider to be the best trip we’ve ever taken. We flew from Washington to Rome, spent a couple of days getting acclimated to the new time zone while wandering all around Rome seeing more new things. It still amazes me that after seven trips to Italy we are still easily able to find something new and astonishing to see each time.
A few days after arriving we took a train to the port to the west of Rome where we boarded the Cunard ship Queen Victoria. The first night on board was quiet and relaxing. Our first port was barely 100 miles to the south, so we were docked in Naples very early the next morning. We spent the day driving along the Amalfi Coast, visiting some wonderful small towns. We spent the entire afternoon walking through Pompei. Absolutely amazing.
We spent a day at sea before visiting the magical island of Santorini, Greece. From there it was on to Izmir, Turkey and then two days in Istanbul, Turkey. We went on to Samos, Athens, and then Zakynthos, Greece. Dubrovnik, Croatia was next before we docked in Venice, Italy.
A couple of days wandering through Venice gave us the perfect chance to readjust to life on land. We took the train back to Rome, spent another couple of days there, and then boarded our United 777 for the ten hour flight back to Washington. We left beautiful weather in Italy and flew home into a snow storm. Back to the real world.