Back in 1983, Toto Cutugno recorded what was to become an incredibly popular, realistic view of L'Italiano. This is a somber, raw pronouncement of what a "real" Italian is.
The song speaks of the vices, virtues and stereotypes of la Bel Paese, which, for example, is accused of excessive Americanism, a crisis of religion, a sexual casualness ( i.e., the line, "more and more women who are less nuns"), but still a country worthy of being proud of. The lyrics lace together religion, football, al dente pasta, espresso, socks, Italian artists, partisans as presidents and God.
It's worthy to be thought of as a National Anthem for modern Italians.
Click the video above to see an inspiring visual tour of what the Italian spirit is made of, or the Gypsy Queens video below for a very sexy rendition...
The Gypsy Queens version of L'Italiano by Toto Cutugno
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There is no dialog in this video. Just an hour and a half of strolling through the bustling, noisy, chaotic streets of Napoli, a city that jams nearly 4 million people into it's tight streets. Well worth taking the time, pouring a few cups of espresso and watching---perhaps while you are on your treadmill or exercise bike!
This video can really help Voyagers decide if a visit to Naples is their cup of tea... er, espresso.
Enjoy. --Jerry Finzi