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Time changes everything, readers. Like seasons and months, for example.

Not to mention relationships. Nick Lachey spent time in Italy less than two years ago, for example. He was there to celebrate his third wedding anniversary with his wife. Now that wife is spending time in that same country with another man.

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Her name? Jessica Simpson.

The new man’s name? John Mayer.

His music? Lame.

But “she’s really happy,” says longtime Simpson friend and New York City colorist Rita Hazan, who touched up the singer’s brunette locks before her departure.

While in Rome, Mayer and Simpson booked a top floor suite at the Hotel de Russie — the same hotel where some of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s guests stayed during the couple’s November nuptials.

On March 8, the lovebirds lunched at Dal Bolognese restaurant. “He was smiling very much and she was giggling a lot,” says a source at the eatery.

“They held hands for much of the time and had eyes only for themselves.”

The next stop was Via Condotti, Rome’s most exclusive shopping street. The couple stopped to shop at Fendi, Gucci, Valentino and even La Perla’s luxury underwear shop. You know, in case Jessica wanted to do her best Sophie Anderton impression later that night.

The pair left Rome Tuesday, according to a source who says, “They’re back in L.A. now. They had a fantastic trip.”