An interview with the Editor of The Economist, John Peet.
Listen and see if you can understand what Mr Peet thinks is wrong with the Italian economy. Do you agree with him?
Read the survey as well.
And another thing (added 2 Dec 2005): check out the BBC web site for a piece on Italian neighbourhood shops and about Rome's disappearing shops and cafés.
In both cases you can also listen - check the links in the right-hand column.
Don't forget to post a comment after reading and/or listening.