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If all that you are going to use a generator for is to recharge your batteries, I would suggest you fit one or two solar panels to the roof. I have just one and it recharges my battery bank in no time on any day that there is any sun on it at all. Last weekend it was chucking out over 4 amps. If you are going to be using it in Italy, you have no problem at all.
Solar panels are zero maintenance, except for an occasional clean, and totally silent. Generators can be an expensive pain. I've just spent £990 to get my built in Dometic back working again.
Generators used only for battery recharging never come off idle. That is not good in the long term. Generators must be used regularly under enough load to get the main jets working. There is lots on this elsewhere.
Generators are also heavy, even the lightest ones, compared with a solar panel. They require regular oil changes and if you do get one, make sure you know where there is a reliable repair agent that you can use, that specifically services and repairs that make. Dometic repair men are rarer than rocking horse doo, but very nice chaps when you do find one.