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This summer I was lucky enough to get to travel with my family all over Italy— hitting tons of cities and exotic locales in a mere three weeks! As someone who has always been fascinated with Ancient Roman culture, I found myself giddy with excitement as I finally got to see the ancient sites I’ve always wanted to visit.

My trip started in the south of Italy as I explored the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, seeing not only the petrified victims of Vesuvius’s ancient eruption but also the house of a character I learned about in my high school Latin textbook. The journey continued in Sorrento and Positano, where my family and I enjoyed the fresh produce — most notably, the lemons. On one of our stops along the coastline, a local lemonade vendor decided to dress me in chili peppers and lemons (as you can see below!).

Leigh - Lemonade Stand

After exploring the Amalfi Coast (and also paying a visit to luscious Capri), we stopped in Naples and then moved on to Rome, where we toured everything from the Vatican to the Forum to the Colosseum (almost as awesome as USC’s very own arena of the same name). From there, we explored the Tuscan countryside and paid a visit to Florence, where I got to see both Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring “David” and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”. From Florence, we traveled to Verona, supposed home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, then ventured on to Venice, ending our trip at Milan.

It was a packed but fantastic three weeks. Now, onto Israel!

Leigh - Coliseum

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