But Italians relish crowds. And traffic jams. And long queues and lengthy waits. That’s why all 60 million of them seem to end up at the same six or seven holiday destination spots. A deserted beach would be no fun at all for most Italians because it is more prestigious to be where everyone else is.
Quoted with permission: Robert Mickens' column "Letter from Rome"
in the 8/15/2009 edition of The Tablet, a London-based Catholic periodical.
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