"Italy has always had a magnetic north pull on my psyche."
I still love this quote, even though Italy hasn't completely always had a pull on my psyche. But it sure has since I left!
Before I left for this trip, I was excited to see Italy, but not any more than England, Switzerland, or Greece. I was probably the most excited for France. I'd taken years of French in high school, and just knew it would be my favorite. And it was beautiful, it completely met every expectation I had...but Italy blew me away. It is without a doubt the most beautiful country in the world. No question.
And now, two years later, Italy is all I can think about. Now, my high school French is nearly all but forgotten, and my college major is Italian.
All I've been doing the last two years is trying to get back. (Hopefully next summer for study abroad!)
Anyways, first up is stunning Verona, home of the story of Romeo and Juliette..