Italy we don’t like

Italy we don’t like Unfortunately, there aren’t only bright sides to life in Italy.

Not that we think it’s possible to achieve the traditional heaven on earth, but let’s say that Italy has so many pluses that normally you may think of it as one of the happiest corners of the world.

Alas, our traditions don’t include only food, art, design, but also corruption, inefficiency and a very unreliable political class. Plus, we are recognized worldwide as the absolute masters of fiscal evasion, with the consequences you may easily guess.

There is something which, above all in some areas of our country, draws the immediate attention of our visitors, be they immigrants, tourists or businessmen: the absolutely wild behaviour of people in the streets, where the impression is that laws and rules are just an option; you may or may not follow them at your pleasure.

Not that running a red light or double parking, that is, boxing in an unfortunate driver who has found a regular parking space, are worthy of the death penalty.
And what about driving 100 km/h or more, down a street full of pedestrians, or swerving in and out of traffic on a three-lane highway, as if it were a ski slalom?

There is a saying that is symbolic of this; it shows what little regard the average Italian gives to basic social rules: “My size fits all,” one would say, meaning that what is good for me is good for everybody.

And there are always the scheming taxi drivers trying any sort of conceivable tricks to cheat passengers, restaurants rounding up their bills, mongers taking advantage of hot days to sell water and soft drinks at a cost you would expect to be asked for the equivalent amount of strong spirits, and, last but not least, hotels offering very poor service compared to their star category, where it’s often difficult to find someone at the reception speaking a fair English, but where you pay an arm and a leg, let alone that guests are often asked to pay in advance (!!!!!!).

In short, it seems that we Italians can’t get rid of some ingrained habits. We regret we don’t have as many tourists as our beautiful territory would deserve, but when we have them, we try to cheat them any possible way. We make their life difficult, and on top of that, we pretend to feel insulted if someone writes a less than complimentary review about their Italian holiday.

I can only say, there are a few Italians who feel sincerely ashamed of this, and find it hard to bear the infamous reputation we achieved, when we travel abroad.

I am truly convinced, you give a bad name to the land that you love if you simply pretend to overlook what’s definitely wrong in the name of a dull, hypocritical, pathetic, cosmetic-rather-than-substantive patriotism.

We won’t make any progress, and less than that, we won’t ever earn a good reputation in the world, by keeping on pretending that the glory and the treasures we inherited from the past are enough to feel proud, and no further effort is required to catch up with the most civilized members of Europe.

Here you’ll find a few demonstrative pages. Enjoy them.