Unbelievable Quotes From Silvio Berlusconi

Milan, with its imposing Duomo, is more affordable than you might think
Milan, with its imposing Duomo, is more affordable than you might think | © Iuliia Zavalishina / Alamy

Silvio Berlusconi, the billionaire businessman and four-time prime minister of Italy, was no stranger to controversy. From infamous ‘bunga bunga’ parties to his extensive ownership of – and therefore influence on – the Italian press, his career has been plagued by scandal. When he was convicted of tax fraud in 2013 many Italians thought they’d seen the last of him but, as demonstrated by the removal of a ban stopping him running for office earlier this year, Berlusconi continues to persist in the political landscape – possibly just to come up with more outrageous comments like these.

“I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I sacrifice myself for everyone.”

By comparing himself to Jesus in 2006 during a party rally, Berlusconi earned criticism from politicians across parties in his native (and highly Catholic) country. Officials at the Vatican chastised Berlusconi, saying such things shouldn’t be taken in jest.

“Mussolini never killed anyone. Mussolini used to send people on vacation in internal exile.”

Benito Mussolini was the leader of the National Fascist Party and, in 1925, established a dictatorship in Italy. In 1935 he ordered the brutal occupation of Ethiopia, which is considered as one of the precursors to WWII, and his union with Nazi Germany saw Italian Jews persecuted and sent to Hitler’s concentration camps.

“When asked if they would like to have sex with me, 30% of women said, ‘Yes’, while the other 70% replied, ‘What, again?’”

In 2011, when facing allegations of underage sex with a prostitute and abusing his office in the following cover up, Berlusconi joked that a survey revealed his incredible popularity with women.

“I am not a saint, you’ve all understood that.”

As newspapers investigated scandals about high-class escorts and sex tapes, Berlusconi attempted to play down the story by saying he’s no saint – though he didn’t admit to any sins either.

“It’s better to like beautiful girls than to be gay.”

Though he has been known to describe himself as a liberal, the octogenarian politician has made a number of anti-gay comments and in 2018 announced his party, Forza Italia, wanted to challenge the law on same-sex civil unions.

“I am without doubt the person who’s been the most persecuted in the entire history of the world and the history of man.”

Talking about his legal problems, Berlusconi followed this audacious quote by complaining he had spent millions on “judges”, before correcting himself and clarifying he meant to say “lawyers”.

“Their current lodgings are a bit temporary but they should see it like a weekend of camping.”

Berlusconi told survivors of the 2009 Aquila earthquake that they should consider sleeping in emergency tents like a ‘weekend of camping’. Over 300 people died in the disaster and 65,000 were made homeless.

“What’s his name? Some tanned guy. Ah, Barack Obama!”

After repeating a line he’d used previously, about the skin colour of the 44th President of the United States, Berlusconi this time doubled down and followed with “You won’t believe it, but two of them went to the beach, because the wife is also tanned.”

“We must be aware of the superiority of our civilisation…”

After the September 11 attacks, Berlusconi caused an outcry by declaring Western civilization as superior to the Islamic world. His comments were disparaged as racist, dangerous and as having “crossed the limits of reason and decency.”

“It’s natural that women are happy if a man tries to seduce them.”

Speaking about the sexual harassment debate raised after the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Berlusconi said women should be happy if men hit on them. He then clarified that he wasn’t an expert as he rarely had to woo women, who always chase him.

“They’re not gaffes. I’ve made no gaffes.”

When asked about his propensity for making blunderous comments and incendiary remarks, this was Berlusconi’s reply.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.