Ahead of us, the summit of Monte Rosa rises above cloud, with a large glacier scraping down its slopes and into the valley three vertical kilometres below.
The views are of the sort that make you take out your eyeballs, tap them on the nearest hard surface and ask yourself 'are these working properly?'
Lucca receives only a fraction of Florence or Pisa's visitors, leaving its lovely old town with plenty of regular shops, somewhat old-fashioned restaurants devoted to regional cuisine, and a still-local atmosphere, especially in the evenings.
Heading to Europe over the festive season? Don't miss sampling Italy's famous Christmas cakes.
As Silver Muse ties up beneath crumbling baroque palazzi, I think I'm already a little in love.
Surely everyone falls in love with Rome. But would you want to live in Rome capital full-time?
There's so much more to Lake Como than its watery namesake.
Italy's south-east, known as the "heel of Italy's boot", is a region of delicious food, good wines and breath-taking landscapes.
On every person's bucket list, Italy is a star-studded destination. From the Dolomites in the north, to its volcano dominated south, historic Rome in the centre, the coastal splendour of the Cinque Terra or Tuscany's arts capital of Florence - it could take a lot of time to tick all the sights off in one trip, especially since eating could take a large chunk of time out of your visit.