What is that special something about Italy?

“In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace— and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

Said by character Harry Lime, in film The Third Man, screenplay by Graham Greene

 

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