By Zoe Samuel on March 12, 2018
Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has some of the best cuisines, from Neapolitan to Tuscan to Venetian to Milanese. It enjoys the finest music, with great operas played in gorgeous halls. It has the most beautiful castles, churches, and marketplaces, from the canals of Venice to the stunning facade of the Vatican to the sculptures of Michaelangelo.
Its artists are among the most talented in history, including Titian, Veronese, Tiepolo, and Da Vinci. Its farmland is fertile and boasts a terrific growing season, care of the glorious Italian climate, which means you can grow pretty much anything you want, any time you want, from fresh fruit and veg to healthy dairy products to some of the best wines in the world. From Alpine mountains to golden beaches to lovely little villages, there's a place to suit any lifestyle. Indeed, it's such a paradise that it's a miracle that anyone with the right to live there doesn't immediately up sticks and head there.
The downside of Italy is that it remains shockingly corrupt for a developed country, with rampant bribery, governments that seem to collapse on a dime, and social attitudes popping up in certain areas such as women at work that have led to a stagnant economy, a birthrate that is below replacement, and high youth unemployment.
Of course, a place with problems like that can clearly use you - to bring your tourist dollars at the least, and perhaps your business savvy and your ideas to help right the economic ship, all the while enjoying its many advantages. Let's see if you are Italian enough to fit in!