Yep, true. The Constitution says we are a “stato laico” (a secular country), but in reality the situation is a little bit controversial…even though the law states Italy is secular, the Vatican has had interferences all the time in our politics.
The fact that Italians go regularly to the Mass is a bit of a myth nowadays. The number of the churchgoers and the number of religious marriages have decreased exponentially.
I feel like people believe us more religious than we truly are. I mean, we do have Christian roots, but it’s also true we have Romans’ blood and their “seize the moment” kind of mentality, if you know what I mean