NBC NEWS — Amanda Knox's long journey home started at Rome's International Airport where she was whisked through the terminal accompanied by security guards.
She left behind a country reeling from the stunning reversal of her murder conviction, a judicial system humiliated and the victim’s family wanting answers.
In court late Monday night there was emotional relief, but outside there was visible anger at a verdict many see as bending to American influence.
The media village outside the Perugia courthouse is being dismantled, even as the prosecutor said today he will appeal the verdict to Italy's highest criminal court.
Don't expect Knox to return to Italy anytime soon. It will take months for the paperwork to move through the judicial, system, and even if an appeal is granted Knox won't be required to return to Italy to attend court.
The one person still convicted of the crime, Rudy Guede, did not act alone according to police, which left the victim’s family asking who else helped kill Meredith Kercher.
Knox's defense lawyer said there were no winners.
At the end there is a tragedy: a young girl that was found dead, as well as two young kids that have been jailed for four years with no reason.
Amanda Knox was a 20 year-old exchange student when she arrived in Italy looking for the experience of a lifetime; four years later, she left with more experience than most people get in a lifetime.