Ma nella testa degli italiani — purtroppo o per fortuna — c’è ben altro. Percorrendo la Penisola in compagnia di amici venuti dall’estero, Beppe Severgnini. La testa degli italiani has ratings and reviews. Kayla said: After living in Italy for a year, reading this book brought back memories and also. Read a free sample or buy La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod.

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Often times the author would go off subject and just yap about something that had nothing to do with the book in my opinion.

The book is sort of dripping with that special kind of Italian nationalism and bravado that has made Italians so famous or infamous? It might deserve 2. This is the first time I read him in English, so perhaps some of his charm was lost in translation, but ultimately what made this book just ok for me is the fact that even though it’s just 7 years old, it feels really dated, and he constantly compares everything to the US, and most of the times he’s dead wrong about what Americans are really like.

Sounds like he is just full of stories.

Una terra di luce e profumi, aperitivi al tramonto, mattoni a vista e indigeni cordiali. Severgnini acts as your personal guide from the moment your plane lands Milan, through Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Sardinia, and Crema.

La testa degli italiani

Severgnini takes us through ten days in Italy, starting at the airport and moving through Milano, Napoli and Roma. This book is filled w After living in Italy for a year, reading this book brought back memories and also explained a few hidden ideas in the Italian mind. In fact, I read it twice several years apart because I found myself getting married in Rome.

I think the author italoani a hard time just getting the point across, and liked to drag it out. Italiiani is, I thought that this book was something it was not. That’s a pretty darn good philosophy if you ask me. While I preferred “Ciao, America,” it may be just because I tend to find the outside perspective more interesting than the inside perspective. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis. It’s alluring, but complicated. Read a couple of chapters and skimmed the rest. A fascinating look into Italian culture.

La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini.

This novel is in such sad shape that I xevergnini learned more from the epilogue summarizing it from an American’s viewpoint than I did from the rest of the book. No trivia or quizzes yet.

La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini (2 star ratings)

Refresh and try again. I really felt as though I had received an excellent introduction to the Italian mindset! Updates needed 2 13 Feb 18, Do I say anything about it?

Percorrendo la Sevregnini in compagnia di amici venuti dall’estero, Beppe Severgnini diventa cicerone ironico e implacabile.

I read it shortly before taking a trip to Italy and found it helpful as well as funny. As evidenced by the book’s popularity in Italy, I think Beppe Severgnini is great at telling a story to the people who already know it, but lacks in the ability to properly include those of us he is trying to educate. Tung Nguyen rated it it was amazing Oct 18, It’s the kind of place that can have you fuming and then purring in itakiani space of a hundred meters, or in seevrgnini course of ten minutes.

The first few chapters lla the best as they include the most humor. Wer schon einmal in Italien war, dem werden viele der beschriebenen Situationen bekannt vorkommen. There must be a better book on Italy for foreigners somewhere out there I look forward to his book on America.

Non hanno colto il vero spirito del libro, non hanno assaporato veramente l’atmosfera italiana, non l’hanno percepita quando sono stati in Italia, se ci sono stati. I can now lo A fascinating look into Italian culture. Un viaggio lungo 10 giorni che appassiona e fa riflettere. I really enjoyed his writing technique and his descriptive imagery. It is not a travel guide book or social commentary but it contains a bit of both.

Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. The reason I give the book 5 stars and the reason that I will be recommending it to many of my friends is because of his effective and ringing claim that “If Italy doesn’t leave you bewildered, it means it ttesta conned you.


Most useful and interesting to me were his spectacular clarification of the success of Silvio Berlusconi in Italy, his debunking of the dual legends of the luxurious Naples and slack jawed Naepolitians, and his the incredibly extensive list of cultural observations and affirmations that I fit only a small glimpse of here.

So what would make me want to read a book about a place I am already in love with despite the quite clearly obvious reason that I am already in love with it? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Preview — La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini.

Oh, beautiful and soothing it is to see that it’s not just me sensing these realities!!! Be the first to ask a question about La testa degli italiani. The author is a northerner [from Crema] but he does have a good sense of the problems of the south of Italy. I set out to read the book to try to understand the country I’m about to visit and was left almost not wanting to visit it at all.

He gives the reader the Italian perspective and comments on how to truely enjoy Italy while also explaining how the Italians view Amreicans as well as other Europeans. It came off as a rant about all the things he dislikes about Italy and Italians. Then there’s a characteristic of Italian journalism that he actually himself demonstrates when with very little pretense he writes, “Some people have even tried to play down the awful scene in the Champions League derby match with AC Milan, which was suspended live on television to the entire world in a deluge of rockets and bottles.

Marta rated it it was amazing Jan 10, It can be rated as a book belonging to the Berlusconi era, which is likely to be remembered as a period of disaster for Italian culture in the future. Lolobull rated it it was amazing Feb 16, I read it during my study abroad program in Florence, Italy.