I've been in Italy for five days, so it's time for a sweeping generalisation:
the lesson that Italians have taken from their turbulent history is
that government is at best a nuisance and at worst a deadly enemy.
There is very little attraction here for the idea (or illusion) that
government can be a positive force for good.

Very simplistic, no doubt. But it explains the apparently paradoxical
fact that elections attract plenty of posturing, including apparently
quite extreme views, but little real passion. People gripe about the
government, but because they come with such low expectations, they don't
really get worked up about it.