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Top ten common Italian stereotypes
Published: 23 Apr 2013 16:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 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.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR GALLERY OF THE TOP TEN COMMON ITALIAN STEREOTYPES.
Have you come across any more stereotypes? Leave a comment in the comments section below.
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