Cohen’s piece focuses specifically on air travel in Florence, but as much as he complains, he does say some pretty cute stuff about Italy! My faves:
"Don’t get me wrong. I love Italy. I lived here for a while and learned how beauty is the consolation of every past empire. I learned how style can be deployed as a shield against disappointment. I learned that change can be overrated."
"America acts in the belief that life is linear and leads to the realization of goals. Italy idles in the belief that life is circular and objectives an illusory distraction from pleasure."