The one thing that amazed me the most about Italy was the art and architecture. When I was in Catholic school (1st grade to 3 1/2 yrs. college) the nuns always rewarded our efforts with "holy cards" instead of gold stars. They usually had a short prayer on the back. These cards were always copies of religious art masterpieces.
This is a picture on one of the side altars at Santa Croce, Florence. Note the small "holy card" bottom right.
This icon is also from Santa Croce. I had seen so many of these paintings, mosaics, and statues on cards and in books all my young life. But, what a thrill it was to see the real deals in Italy. Everywhere we went there was another memory made real. Some were a lot bigger than I imagined, and some were smaller. But all were impressive.
Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence. The size of the churches was most impressive - Huge. The basilicas were even more so.
So, if you're bored today, take a road trip down memory lane.