I'd never been to Italy until the spring of 2009. What had I been missing?! It's a wonderful place.

“The Creator made Italy from designs by Michael Angelo” (Mark Twain)

"What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago." Erica Jong)

"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." (Anna Akhmatova)

“There is, in fact, no law or government at all [in Italy]; and it is wonderful how well things go on without them.” (Lord Byron)
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