Ok as most of you have been to a limited amount of places in italy and seem to say any Italian city that doesn't confirm to what someone wants as a tourist that cant speak the language I will list some actually awful italian cities.
Firstly a few controversial ones that dont quite make the cut:
Milan: . Apart from the facist architecture its pretty boring saved by good coffee and bars but thats all it has going for it really. Very vain city as well.The traffic is terrible, the weather is terrible. Has one of the highest crime rate in italy. Particularly with theft and sexual assault.
Turin: I love Turin but it has to be the dullest city with over 1 million citizens. Cheapish rent, lots of jobs, and decent quality of life doesnt make it a bad place if you are married and dont want to do much. Its pretty enough and filled with amazing Ice Cream and hot chocolate as well as its fantastic market. But for someone in their mid 20s its dead. Which is why young people are leaving the city at a very high rate.
Actually shit Italian cities:
Frosinone: Basically just a city with italys major motorway going through it. Bombed to death during the war so is largely desperate badly designed apartments. Its the grayest city in italy. With very little green areas and highest level of air pollution. Despite it being economically strong it is constantly rated among the worst for quality of life in the country.. like why would anyone bother visiting? Just miserable.
Taranto: One of my friends is from Taranto and he only has bad things to say. A big industrial naval base. 90% of all industrial toxic emissions in italy come from the city. The historic centre is nicknamed the Ghost Town because of the number of abandond building there.
Caltanissetta and other high up Sicilian cities: High rate of poverty very isolated in the winter and big mafia influence. That said they are at incredibly pretty locations so hard to be too mean to them. Syracuse as well poverty and mafia are abound (25% are unemployed ffs). But again its pretty right?
There also so many really dull cities in north italy. Pavia, Novi Ligure, Alessandria etc. None of these are bad cities just really boring and built around white collar work.
Ventimiglia has a really bad reputation but I quite enjoyed it. Part of me suspects that racism is the reason why its got it reputation...