Unable to sleep last night, I watched the two Italy vacation episodes for the first time & back-to-back. My initial reaction is to question the reason(s) the Manzos/Lauritas are close friends with the Guidices & welcome them into their family circle. Teresa is obnoxious, clueless, selfish, & blantantly wannabe, while Joe has a poor attitude & lacks basic manners; their innocent children reflect their qualities. IMHO they're not entertaining, rather entitled & delusional; I'm surprised the relatives, who attempt to portray themselves as dignified, honest, & down-to-earth, would choose to associate with them.
My next thought: is there anyone in these families who aren't mooches? Three generations took the opportunity to visit the homeland on Bravo's tab? Although, after this experience, I doubt there's any amount of money that would entice most of these extended family members to travel together anytime soon (clueless Teresa excluded, since she thought the reason Caroline was upset babysitting her girls while she/Joe enjoyed alone time was because she dislikes cruises - which, incidently, should have discouraged her from asking Caroline to babysit in the first place).
After receiving a couple vacations - one in Europe; numerous tacky clothes/faux jewelry shopping sprees for herself & children; lunches/dinners; oversized/gaudy/faux OldWorld-inspired furnishings; implants; childbirth; a catered housewarming party; an over-the-top Christening celebration; an elaborate 10th wedding anniversary; a supersized 9th birthday party & gift; child's modeling lessons/interviews/Fashion Week walk; etc., it's not surprising Teresa flips tables, chases castmates through country clubs, & other outrageous acts - it's for job security/the perks (which she obviously cannot otherwise afford).