Top ten common Italian stereotypes
Sophie Inge · 23 Apr 2013, 16:09
Published: 23 Apr 2013 16:09 GMT+02:00
Everyone has heard of The Godfather and Super Mario but do they represent the real Italy? With the help of the author of Xenophobe’s Guide to the Italians, The Local has compiled a list of the ten most common Italian stereotypes.
Is your vision of Italy based on the blockbusters Under the Tuscan Sun, The Godfather or Roman Holiday? Then you may be in bad need of a reality check.
With the help of Martin Solly, the Turin-based author of Xenophobe’s Guide to the Italians, The Local has debunked (and confirmed) some of the commonest Italian stereotypes.
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Some call it home: the island of Budelli, Sardinia. Photo: Luca Giudicatti
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Italian divers have located the wreck of a T-class Second World War submarine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
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Photo: Vigili del Fuoco
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A man dressed as Julius Caesare takes part in an event to mark the anniversary of the legendary foundation of the Eternal City in 753 BC, on April 19th, 2015. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP
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Migrants rest aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius", on May 24th after a rescue operation in front of the Libyan coast. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP
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Florence's Ponte Vecchio. Photo: Colby Blaisdell/Flickr
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