ITALY: The Code

When he was a dashing young man of only 22, many a maid of Calabria, the wild and desolate region in the toe of Italy, cast longing glances at Giuseppe d'Agostino, but Giuseppe only had eyes for one—the slender Caterina Anariti of Reggio di Calabria. Caterina's family furiously objected. "Giuseppe has nothing," they said. "Not a piece of land, not a house, not even a mule." But one day, defying the stern code of Calabria, where no offense is ever forgotten and none ever forgiven, Giuseppe carried Caterina off to a hideout...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!