Wife Swapping Italians Make Lunch A Swinging Affair
The Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi recently jokingly offered his wife to the Danish prime minister but maybe it wasn't so far from the truth of Italian sexual culture as we find that wife swapping and swinging is the favourite pastime of many Italians. In the past the stereotype was of the male Italian having an eye out for girls on the street and making passes it seemed to all women behind their wives backs. Now the wives seem to have joined in openly swapping partners. With this increased promiscuity and the Catholic church ban on using condoms one might expect an increase in sexually transmitted diseases amongst the middle classes perhaps.
Married couples flocking to the Tuscan countryside or the Eternal City this summer might want to think twice before accepting that generous dinner party invitation from the welcoming Italian couple. They might get more than they bargained for. If a new report is to be believed, it seems a quarter of all Italian couples regularly take part in wife swapping.
The revelation comes not from the seedier quarters of the country that gave the world Casanova, but from the usually po-faced pages of national broadsheet La Stampa. According to yesterday's front page article, entitled "The Lunch Time Swingers", an estimated 500,000 Italian couples are officially swapping partners at private sex clubs, with thousands more doing it in a more ad-hoc fashion in car parks, specially designated beaches or even cemeteries.