On Tuesday, MTV announced that for the upcoming season of "Jersey Shore," the cast would be hitting the road once again ... only this time, they're heading all the way to Italy.
If you think you're excited about the news, well, you should hear [url id="http://www.mtv.com/shows/jersey_shore/season_2/series.jhtml"]"Shore"[/url] star [url id="http://www.mtv.com/shows/jersey_shore/season_2/cast_member.jhtml?personalityId=14236"]Pauly D[/url] talk about the gang's upcoming trip.
"I've never been to Italy, and it's always been a dream of mine," he told MTV News on Tuesday night. "I'm excited to see my roots. I have family in Italy, but I don't speak with them since I don't know the language. My mother still talks to them, though. [And] I know Vinny has family there. But none of us have ever been. It's gonna be fun."
Of course, no voyage of self-discovery is complete without overcoming a few obstacles. So while he's excited, Pauly is also aware that he and his "Shore" mates will probably run into the occasional, uh, cultural issues when they arrive in Italy. But he's more than ready for the challenge.
"I'm nervous, I'm not gonna lie," he laughed. "I don't know what gyms are like over there, I don't know what tanning's like, I don't know the food, and the language — I don't even speak Italian. Maybe I should get a Rosetta Stone or something.
"And they got some nice clubs out there, and the women ... they're real Italian women, you know?" he continued. "Since I don't speak the language, I don't know how I'm going to talk with them. I'm hoping the smile does the trick. The less words the better. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Despite the cultural differences and the language barrier, Pauly said that he can't wait to start filming the new season — cameras are scheduled to start rolling this spring — mostly because it means he'll get to hit the road with his best friends, which, to him, at least, is the best thing about being on "Jersey Shore."
"I really love being in Seaside [Heights], I love being in Jersey and I love being at home," he said. "But I also love traveling, and with this, I get to travel with my lifelong friends and that's another memory we'll all have together."
Don't miss "Jersey Shore," airing Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.