Google+

BBC Culture

Style

Mention Italy and a particular sort of effortless glamour comes immediately to mind. Is it real or just a nostalgic myth? Lindsay Baker investigates.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.