A strange book.
Sometimes Severgnini is describing Italian's behaviours in a way that makes every Italian recognize himself in it; but other times I think he over-analyses the Italians, arriving to "general theories" about the Italian mind that are not exactly... right.
He generalises too much. What is the chapter describing the tinello all about? I don't have one. My great grandmother had one, yes, but you cannot pretend to create a whole Italian philosophy of mind from it.