I love Italians. I love the fact that they are so steeped in beauty that if you throw something ugly at them they pitch a fit. Take this Christmas tree for example.

It’s ugly. The Romans don’t sit around and nod their heads and say “oh, I think you are mistaken, it’s not ugly, it is an expression, I think I see what the artist is trying to do.” Nope. They complain, they say how hideous it is. They make wild gestures with their hands indicating just how incredibly ugly it is and how stupid it looks. They’ll use words like schifo and bruto. They’ll hold up traffic in Pz. Venezia because everyone will have to stop what they are doing to comment on how ugly the tree is. And they get results.

Picture via here.