Rome has some of the dirtiest streets I've seen in the free world and internet access from the dark ages, like around 1999 or something. There's never any soap in the bathrooms, even in the priciest restaurants, and the concept of personal space does. not. exist. Also, the men's cologne. We will not discuss the men's cologne.
With all of that, it's still breathtaking and inspiring and beautiful in an other worldly sort of way and not just because the pasta is orgasmic and the locals say, "Si, basketbullah! BASKETBULLAH!" when you mention that you are from Florida.
But I'm sure that is probably part of it.