In the summer of 2013 I spent five days in Italy, exploring Rome for two days and the Amalfi Coast for three.  I walked through the Roman Forum, ate gelato next to the Colosseum, explored Pompeii, sipped lemoncello in Sorrento, and sunbathed in Capri.  Rome and Sorrento both stole a small piece of my heart.  In Rome I went from church to church looking at sculptures and paintings from the Renaissance that I had learned about in college.  I even found my favorite sculpture called The Ecstacy of St. Theresa by Bernini in a tiny church near Roma Termini, the main train station in Rome.  I waited in line for over an hour in the sweltering heat of the Italian sun in late August, to see the Vatican, and I ate gelato at least once a day.  I stuffed my face with pasta and pizza as often as I could too.  I’m a firm believer that calories do not exist when you are in Italy!  In Sorrento, I did a lemoncello tasting, I shopped in their small town market, I stood on cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, and I ate my weight in food at quaint restaurants that lined the city streets.  I sadly do not have many of my pictures because they were on a laptop where the hard drive crashed.  Those memories won’t be something I will forget for a long time, but losing my pictures just gives me an excuse to go back someday.