How Trustworthy Are Italians?

Levels of Trust in Italy

Italians are not trustworthy for the simple reason that they do not trust one another. This means you would be wise not to trust Italians. Italy's official Statistics office, ISTAT, is a treasure trove of information on Italy. Amongst many other aspects of Italy, ISTAT also monitors levels of … [Read more...]

Italian Women Making a Noise


It's been a noisy week in Italy...what with doors banging on Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's ageing Lothario - no more,  manicured nails screeching across parliament in protest and lady senators decrying the end of democracy as we know it. This outpouring of female love for the man who once said he … [Read more...]

Pescara, books… and Big Ideas

pescara queue

Sometimes there are big events in Abruzzo... with big potential, big names, and lots of big ideas. Sometimes they're good.. and sometimes they're not so good. Take the recent Festival delle Letterature book show in Pescara for example. Listen to this: Pongo's cold? No, the Dongo … [Read more...]

All is Not What it Seems in Italy

All is a fairly innocuous looking word, it means, well, all. In Italian, the equivalent of "all" is "tutto", but the Italian word does not mean the same as "all" in English. Surprised? I thought you might be, so I'll explain. Let's start with an example: Imagine there are 20 people in a room. … [Read more...]