Today I am grateful for Italy.  It’s art, language, people, food, culture, music, colors, history – everything, tutto.  Attending a lecture tonight at the Getty about Florence and the Dawn of the Renaissance reminded me of this.  My love affair with Italy started in college when I took the language on a whim, continued and intensified when I studied abroad in Siena towards the end of my time at UCSB, and has never waned since.  I knew the first time I left there, as the tears streamed down my face while I watched the scenery become smaller and smaller from that tiny airplane window, that it had grabbed me for life….and for that I am grateful.