Me in Rome in 1981. I was twelve years old, and this was part of a month-long trip to Italy that also included Siena, Florence, Padua, Bologna, Venice, and Sequals, the latter being the small town that much of my father’s family comes from, and also where my grandfather retired to. The main function of the trip was to visit him — Nonno paid our airfare for us to come visit him, and so one of the four weeks was spent in Sequals with him. The other three weeks, we saw the sites. It was glorious, one of the best trips of my life, full of tons of art, amazing food, beautiful scenery, and family camaraderie.