Well, I imagined I'd be largely impervious to Italy's charms, I who am an ardent Francophile and Scandinavia lover, too. Ha! There's a reason why people love Italy, you know. Actually, there are hundreds of reasons---you trip over one everywhere you turn.
It was hot as ANYTHING though, so I sketched not quite as much as I normally do. And another reason is because... I just let myself enjoy BEING there. That's a novel thought in this age of obsessive, manic sketching! After seven years of being one of those obsessives, I needed to lean back and remember why I loved sketching, for myself, all those years ago. I'm getting there.