“It’s halfway over.” Those were the words I heard last week upon handing in my fifth midterm exam. This didn’t faze me as I realized Spring Break was finally here and April, the best month of the semester, was right around the corner.

Back in December I had agreed to let my family come and visit for Spring Break. So, as all my friends left for their wild trips, I sat in my empty apartment pondering whether I had made the right decision or not. Looking back on it, I honestly think I did.

My mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend arrived in Florence on Saturday. A highlight of our three days in Florence for me was becoming a part-time tour guide. I’m kidding, but I sure did feel like I was showing them all around my second home. They couldn’t get enough of the food and wine, constantly telling me how lucky I was to be “studying” in Florence for three and a half months. We just so happened to still be in Florence on St. Patrick’s Day, so, naturally, I had to take my brother and his girlfriend to the Lion’s Fountain. It’s one of our Managing Editor’s, Deanna Carbone’s, favorite bars in Florence, if you didn’t know. Deanna, the green beer was amazing, sorry for rubbing it in.

After Florence we went to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast for a few days. Despite the rain, both places were absolutely stunning. They are right on the Italian coast and whichever way you look when you’re there, you’ll get an amazing view. Houses are seamlessly built on top of one another into the side of a mountain. It’s a photographer’s paradise. I wouldn’t recommend going to Amalfi if you are scared of heights, that’s for sure, but, if you love the ocean and sun, you need to get there. Just think of it as Myrtle Beach on steroids. Needless to say, my whole family loved our time spent shopping and sightseeing. I can now confirm I really am Italian as I picked up my first pair of loafers. I know the famous “Godfather” would be proud.

Before going our separate ways we had to make a pit stop in Rome. It didn’t seem real when I was standing inside the Coliseum. Nor did it when I was throwing a coin over my shoulder and making a wish at the Trevi Fountain. You never expect to actually visit these places when looking at them in Google Images. In the end, I appreciated my family taking me to these spots in Italy because who knows if I would have actually gone on all these tours with my friends.


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