ITALY’S MOST FAITHFUL FOREIGN LOVER

Italy almost irresistibly tempts foreign commentators to cliché. It’s far too easy to wander off into rhapsodies over the country’s stunning beauty, grand sense of history, and sensual pleasures. Or, ignoring the bella figura, one can parse Italian political and economic shortcomings in a tone heavy on statistics and with a hint of scolding, the way a susceptible high-school teacher might speak of a seductive student. The generous cultural heritage of the peninsula offers a peerless collection of metaphors to overuse. (As an American who has lived in Italy for over thirty years, I’ve resorted to them more often than I care to remember.) Any Italian situation can be described as an opera.

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