Let me throw out a few names here: Antonio Vito, Atillo Guerini, Pietro Raiola, Georgio Pomata, Nicolo Bommarco, Marco Forteze, Nicolo Binetti, and Guiseppe Romano.
These are some of the Captains I've sailed with on PRINCESS CRUISES. So, let's not jump to conclusions on the abilities of certain nationalities.
The Italians have a proud and stellar tradition of maritime success. After all, that Columbus guy did pretty well, didn't he?
Just the opinion of one Belgian.