Oh, I agree with everything! I live in Italy, so I confirm everything!
Yes some Italian places have suffered from heartquakes, maybe politics is a problem here: if those houses were not built with low-quality materials in order to save money, maybe certain disasters would have been lower (and in fact some buildings made with high quality materials in that places remained with no problems, while many people lost their houses).
Apart from politics and the way certain things are administered here, I can say Italy is in general beautiful, rich of history...
Also the sense of style, especially in Milan (in which my photo has been taken), which is Italian's capital of fashion (and also one of the most economic centre).
Love for food and sense of family are maybe two of the most famous things regarding Italians!