Don’t get us wrong. Italy is great, but it’s no Seaside Heights, N.J. Which is why we totally get it when Snooki declares “Jersey Shore’s” return to the, umm, Jersey Shore for season 5, “the best time of my life.”

In Italy, the sheer beauty of the Florentine architecture and culture oozing out of every wall kind of subdued our favorite Guidos and Guidettes. Sure, Deena Cortese made a habit of showing off her kooka, but really, who was looking when Michelangelo’s David was standing sentry nearby? And without the backdrop of Karma, the Shore Store and a neverending grenade parade, well, the situation (and The Situation) just weren’t the same.

That’s why we’re glad producer SallyAnn Salsano packed up her cash cows (and bulls) and bundled them back to New Jersey after the nightmare Florence season. The show returns to MTV on Jan. 5, but in this just-released promo we get a little taste of what’s to come. And since it involves Snooki peeing underneath an outdoor staircase, big-time bar fights and yet another co-star walking out, we’re cautiously optimistic that season 5 won’t disappoint.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson