The Greek poet Heraclito, with the phrase "Panta Rei" ( everything flows ), explained how the river is always the same, even if the water changes constantly.
Italy is a country where historically it has been hard to make cultural and political changes. "Everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same" explains Il Gattopardo, a novel that takes place during Italy's unification. Among others, this specific attitude has allowed Silvio Berlusconi to be protagonist of the political scene for more than 24 consecutive years. Despite the immobilism, under the surface things are still moving, going up and down, left and right.