I started my Italian journey in the Fall of 1999 intending to study abroad the following school year. I was able to do that through F&M and Syracuse University in Florence, Italy in the Spring of 2001. I took Art History, Literature and Italian courses and lived with a host family while there. I also met my future husband in those few months abroad. I returned to F&M to complete my degree in 2002 and then returned to Florence, Italy two times between 2002-2003. In the Spring of 2003, I was fortunate enough to find a job with an American-based multinational subtitling company through my F&M network base (Dr. David Stameshkin and Laura Subin ’85). While most all work was carried out in English, my Italian skills soared in those years living and working in Florence and subsequently San Miniato (Pisa). I have made many friends, Italian, American, English and many others, through those experiences. In 2006, I married my study abroad sweetheart, an Italian originally from Palermo. I remained with the company for another seven years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom. We now have two girls, Emily (6) and Vanessa (3) who are both bilingual. After 14 and a half years in Tuscany, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I often receive compliments on my Italian and I always give credit to Professor Lerner. Who can forget watching Johnny Stecchino (lo vedo ancora volentieri quando lo mettono in TV) filling in the blanks in the Italian script at the language lab, memorizing the first lines of Dante’s Inferno (le ricordo ancora), singing along to De Gregori’s Buonanotte Fiorellino (ora la cantano le bimbe in macchina), and, last but not least, memorizing the first part of Verdi’s La donna è mobile complete with accents for our exam (mi sembrava una missione impossibile, ma ce l’ho fatta!)? I remember it all well! Anyone who decides to take part in the Italian courses at F&M is lucky indeed to find such talented and caring professors. In bocca al lupo per questo passaggio importante!