Mi dispiace; parlo italiano solo un po’

I was hellbent not to use English unless I absolutely had to. Armed with Google Translate, a willing attitude, and a charming smile, I set out to experience la citta eterna in its own voice.

“Their very character was tyranny; their figure, deformity.”

The problem with democracy -- as politicians and philosophers alike have known for millennia -- is that it only works if people are informed and engaged. That's why we have a constitutional republic instead of direct democracy.