During chemotherapy I wondered if I might make my way back here. My love affair started when I was only seven years old and I stayed with my aunt Sarah who happened to live in a grand villa on the Aventine.
Rome has always felt like my city. I still feel that I would like to live here one day.
I took nine students on a whirlwind tour. We did everything. I made their feet ache.
No matter how often I climb the Janiculum to watch the sunset, or hold my breath looking at Michelangelo's Pieta, the sites of Rome will always be incredibly special to me.
I don't think that this is the last time I shall return.
I have my students and Laura to thank for being such wonderful company.