Country on the Brink A Search for the Source of Italy's Malaise

The sun in the south, the mountains in the north and stunningly beautiful cities in between: Life in Italy, one might think, is just short of paradise. But residents of the country are deeply unhappy. Why?
The City of Bagheria in Sicily: Lagging far behind its potential

The City of Bagheria in Sicily: Lagging far behind its potential

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Michelangelo Balisteri in his sardine factory: "If you pay protection money, you become a mafioso yourself."

Michelangelo Balisteri in his sardine factory: "If you pay protection money, you become a mafioso yourself."

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A mountain of garbage in Rome: "Where are are the unforgettable exhibitions and concerts?"

A mountain of garbage in Rome: "Where are are the unforgettable exhibitions and concerts?"

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Arrigo Cipriani at Harry's Bar in Venice: "This is a city facing cardiac arrest, petrified, with no identity."

Arrigo Cipriani at Harry's Bar in Venice: "This is a city facing cardiac arrest, petrified, with no identity."

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