I also got a blow by blow trip report of a full-on tourist trip to Italy (wow, you went to Rome? How unique!)
He asks if I have ever been to Italy.
"I only hiked into a corner of it so I could climb Mont Blanc."
Blank stare ensues. "So did you have to go through a border crossing?"
"Yes, the Italians have their entire Tenth Mountain Division stationed every 100 meters along the border to prevent terrorists from entering through the French alps."
My wife thought that was rude.
your wife is correct.