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.
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.
A 'garage mosque' found in a Chinese shop in an investigation by Italy's Corriere della Serra. Photo: Screen Grab/Video
15 minutes ago
The Italian government intends to close down clandestine mosques in the country as part of the fight against terrorism, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano announced Friday.
Italian Justice Minister Andrea Orlando (L) and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP
16 hours ago
Scrutinizing communication among users of the ‘chat’ feature on the popular gaming console, Playstation, is among the measures Italy has adopted to detect potential jihadists across technological platforms.
A 65-year-old under investigation for culpable homicide has been put forward for local elections in Milan by Silvio Belusconi's Forza Italia party. Photo: Screengrab/La Repubblica
17 hours ago
Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party has put forward a man under investigation for culpable homicide to vie in Milan's council elections next year.
What's on in December
Photo: George Rex
19 hours ago
If you're short of ideas for what to do in Italy in December, we've gathered a list of ten events that are well worth checking out, especially now that the Christmas season is almost upon us.
Rickshaws have also been banned. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
19 hours ago
A 40-year-old travel agent scaled the Colosseum on Friday in protest at a new law which bans people from selling tours around the site.
The Pra' basil variety, grown in Liguria, is at risk due to plunging prices. Photo: Mohammed Hammad
20 hours ago
A key ingredient in the traditional Genovese pesto could disappear from Italian tables as plunging prices for a basil variety, cultivated in the Ligurian area of Pra', drive its producers out of business.
The 800 rifles were found in a lorry bound for Belgium. Photo: Guardia di Finanza Trieste
21 hours ago
UPDATED: Police have seized 800 shotguns destined for Belgium from Turkey at the northeastern port of Trieste.
The Italian government is planning to partly privatize Ferrovie del Stato. Photo: Alessandro Capotondi
22 hours ago
All nine directors on the board of Italy’s national rail company resigned on Thursday as the government moved forward with plans to partly privatize the network.
One of the stolen pre-roman frescoes, showing a young man riding a chariot. Photo: Ministero Dei Beni Culturali
23 hours ago
Five frescoes stolen from a fourth century BC tomb in southern Italy have been recovered by police and put on display in Rome, allowing the public to see them for the first time ever.
Italy's premier Matteo Renzi (R) will meet French President François Hollande in Paris on Thursday. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
1 day ago
UPDATED: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said that the conflict in Libya was Italy's main priority, following a meeting with French President François Hollande on Thursday morning.