When spring rolls around, I always get nostalgic for Italy. Nostalgic isn't even the right word to be honest. I get homesick even though Italy isn't my home. Having studied abroad in Florence, I obviously have a special place in my heart for it, and Venice is probably one of the top five most beautiful places I've ever visited. But Rome is special in its own way. I visited Rome twice, once for a weekend with my college roommate Claire, and once at the end of spring break after Athens and Santorini (the one and only time I stayed in a hostel, and one that was horribly decorated with anime for no apparent reason at that ::shudder::).
So now I associate spring with Rome and all the feels I have for Italy. Rome is genuinely spectacular. It feels like you can't walk more than a few feet without stumbling onto some ridiculously cool sight that btw, is also most likely profoundly important to the history of HUMANITY. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Arch of Constantine... I could keep going. This list, of course, doesn't even include the Vatican, a city within the city, which as you know, houses the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's masterpiece ceiling. If you've been, you know -- it's one of those places that literally does take your breath away.
And aside from all that, Rome has some bomb-ass pizza and LolliPopes, which make great souvenir gifts for your Jewish dad who loves a good pun.
I hope you're enjoying some spring sunshine wherever you are, and enjoy some Rome sunshine courtesy of Sophomore Staci!