For all the nods to Italian directors Vittorio De Sica and Michelangelo Antonioni, the Italian characters are mostly clichés, from the chubby child who spends his day in a white tank top hanging about with his “nonna” in a pasta shop, to the handsome but tacky young man who’s been dating Francesca for a decade but is reluctant to marry.
To be fair, I have some nitpicks with ‘s depiction of Italy in its first two episodes.
This handsome devil is Petrarch who immortalized the object of his desire (Laura) by writing over 300 sonnets to her in the course of his lifetime.
Click here to my Petrarch page and perhaps read a few sonnets for inspiration.
I describe them and some of their work on a page dedicated to them.
But before marrying Robert and moving to Italy with him, Elizabeth wrote sonnets to him and eventually published them under the title 'Sonnets from the Portuguese'.