The summer of 2016 was one that changed my life forever. I spent my time traveling throughout Europe, all on my own, making memories to last a lifetime. In the months I spent studying abroad, I must have taken nearly 4,000 pictures, in an attempt to capture the beauty I was blessed to experience. While some may say no picture can do such a thing, here are some of my favorite memories, captured in pictures.

My first day in Rome, taken on the roof of the American University of Rome.


View from the top of the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna)



The Roman Colosseum



Villa Doria Pamphili



One of the most beautiful places I discovered, Il Cimitero Acattolicico di Roma (The Non-Catholic Cemetery in Rome)



Outdoor Markets = The Best Markets, taken at Mercato Testaccio



Roseto Comunale (Rome Rose Garden)



The rain didn't stop me from attending Mass with the Pope, taken in Vatican City



A celebration at Villa Medici



Tiber River at sunset



Getting lost at 3:00 am in Rome isn't so bad when you stumble upon the Vatican



Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest, Hungary



The Hungarian Parliament Building, taken from a Danube river cruise in Budapest, Hungary



Overlooking Budapest, taken from the Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary



Neighborhood in Passau, Germany



Exploring the colorful streets of Passau, Germany



Still water of Salerno, Italy



Ferry ride to Positano, Italy



Nazario Fusco Art Gallery in Positano, Italy



Rock beaches and clear water, Amalfi, Italy



il Giardino della Minerva, a botanic garden located in the heart of Salerno, Italy


Inside the castle of Fornelli, Italy



Overlooking Frosolone, Italy



Walking the streets my ancestors once walked in the beautiful town of Frosolone, Italy



Overlooking Lago di Barrea in the charming village of Barrea, Italy