Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future by Bill EmmottAn original analysis of the war between the two opposing sides of Italys national character
Not long ago Italy was Europes highly touted emerging economy, a society that blended dynamism and super-fast growth with a lifestyle that was the envy of all. Now it is viewed as a major threat to the future of the Euro, indeed to the European Union as a whole. Italys political system is shorn of credibility as it struggles to deal with huge public debts and anemic levels of economic growth. Young people are emigrating in droves, frustrated at the lack of opportunity, while older people stubbornly cling to their rights and privileges, fearful of an uncertain future.
In this lively, up-to-the-minute book, Bill Emmott explains how Italy sank to this low point, how Italians feel about it, and what can be done to return the country to more prosperous and more democratic times. With the aid of numerous personal interviews, Emmott analyzes Bad Italy—the land of disgraced Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, an inadequate justice system, an economy dominated by special interests and continuing corruption—against its contrasting foil Good Italy, the home of enthusiastic entrepreneurs, truth-seeking journalists, and countless citizens determined to end mafia domination for good.
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10 Really Good Reasons to Visit Italy
Spectacular Italy needs almost no introduction and is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. As well as vibrant cities like Rome where old and new mingle seamlessly, you can also enjoy the less crowded coastal areas where you can relax on sandy beaches and swim in limpid seas. In addition to exploring Italy proper, you can also hop over to neighboring Sicily and enjoy a different side of life that also offers some of the best food and drink in the region. If you are going to visit charming Sicily as part of your travels then your first stop needs to be the Valley of the Temples which is located in Agrigento. Here you will find a huge archeological complex that has some of the most intact Doric temples that were built here in the 5th century.
Home to many of the world's greatest works of art, architecture and gastronomy, Italy elates, inspires and moves like no other. Read More. Epicentre of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance, this European virtuoso groans under the weight of its cultural cachet: it's here that you'll stand in the presence of Michelangelo's David and Sistine Chapel frescoes, Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Primavera and da Vinci's The Last Supper. Should you walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in Pompeii, revel in Ravenna's glittering Byzantine treasures or get breathless over Giotto's revolutionary frescoes in Padua? It's a cultural conundrum as thrilling as it is overwhelming. In few places do art and life intermingle so effortlessly. Beauty, style and flair furnish every aspect of daily life, from those immaculately knotted ties and seamless espressos to the flirtatious smiles of striking strangers.
Welcome to Italy
Traveling has always been one of my passions. It exposes us to new cultures, experiences, and makes the world a better, more tolerant place. This is not a difficult list to come up with, but for the sake of space and brevity I limited the list to ten really good reasons to visit. It seems as though visiting Italy is a bucket list entry for a lot of folks and my job here is to convince you to go so you can cross this one off of your list. Italy certainly does have much to offer: spectacular cities, ancient ruins, wonderful museums, soaring mountains, great beaches, and beautiful natural scenery. But so does any number of other European countries, so we need uncover what makes Italy so unique and worthy of your hard-earned dollars. One of the great joys of traveling through Italy is discovering firsthand that it is, indeed, a dream destination.
The only time you'll see azaleas on Rome's Spanish Steps? Italian food is and should be! Want a bite of this? Then you have to come to Italy in the spring! The good news?