Italians are very serious about preserving their cultural heritage and architecture. But at the same time they are not trying to make everything look perfect and new, they are just slowing down the process of graceful degradation. So you can feel the weight of history intensely.
It wasn’t always like that… Old walls look like palimpsests with layers and layers of different bricks, old window shapes and arches.
Nowadays it’s not that easy to get a permission to build another floor, change windows or anything on the facade at all. But sometimes you are lucky enough to get a permission for a new door.