Alas, that is true. So weird a nation with such a long history and such a rich culture has become so dull. But you should have made THAT Italy guy looking much older, considered that Italian politicians are the both the OLDEST and MOST PAID in Europe.
But, well, there's a blessing: they usually start their government's period while being already quite old, so we don't have to wait too much for their rotting. ... it's a small comfort, but you've to grab whatever you can.