So you've roamed the Coliseum, marveled at Florentine art and gamboled in gondolas and you're ready for a different side of Italy. Or perhaps you're about to dip a toe into Italian culture, including its little-known Jewish heritage, for the first time.
A shattered shop window with a yellow star, a mountain of shoes, an arch with the grim irony "Arbeit Macht Frei" inscribed upon it: These images alone can summon up the historic nightmare of the Nazi Holocaust.
Steve Glickman, Jewish Student Association (JSA) president at Georgetown University, is battling "muffled intolerance on campus." He gives a small but chilling example.
"Yesterday, when we were passing out blue ribbons... against intolerance and for diversity, two students approached and said specifically they don't support Jews here," he said, his voice thick with fatigue. "The sentiment exists among a larger number of students than it's currently being given credit for... This shouldn't be glossed over by students or the administration."