In the early summer of 2003, I joined my parents for a short walking holiday in Italy. We were privileged to enjoy some beautiful day walks amongst the spectacular scenery of the Dolomite Mountains. We hiked through beautiful alpine meadows carpeted with flowers and alive with butterflies and other wildlife.I also took the opportunity to undertake my first ever ‘via ferrata’ climb, making a successful ascent of Tschierspitze V. A via ferrata is a protected climbing route, where climbers clip themselves on to a steel cable that is periodically fixed to the rock. It allows those who are inexperienced rock climbers to access some incredible mountain routes. The via ferratas have their origin in the Dolomites during the First World War, when they were used to aid the movements of troops and supplies.A highlight of the trip for me was the tandem paraglide flight that I took over the town of Corvara, just down the road from our hotel in Pedraces. I was able to take my small camcorder along with me and capture the whole flight (excluding the take-off) on video.Finally, the holiday was topped off with a day trip to the fascinating city of Venice – my first ever visit. This included a memorable water taxi ride to the airport, from where I flew home.