“First of all, let’s get one thing straight.
Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing.
Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset,
olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls.
Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. It’s alluring, but complicated.
It’s the kind of place that can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters,
or in the course of ten minutes.
Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis.” 
― Beppe Severgnini, La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
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