Draghi has contributed from his offices in the ECB tower in Frankfurt, where he has shown boldness in shaping European monetary policy.
The central banker did not hesitate at his first meeting as president in November to surprise markets with an interest rate cut. And he reportedly upset the president of Germany's conservative Bundesbank by loosening rules for banks to obtain ECB loans.
It was a lifeline many experts say brought Europe's economy back from the brink of catastrophe.
For now, at least, Italians are demonstrating great faith in their new leadership.
A poll taken at the end of February for Repubblica.it showed Monti garnering a 59 percent approval rating, up 2 percentage points in a month even after piling on new austerity measures. The poll of 1,000 people had a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
"He is making the situation better in this country," said Alessandro Scala, visiting Rome from Bologna. "He is taking some important steps, he is improving the situation, even though he inherited a country that was not easy to govern."
Marco Camisani Calzolari, an Internet entrepreneur, plans to name his son, due in a month, Mario. OK, so it's his father-in-law's name — but he proudly says it now gains a cachet that didn't exist when the child was conceived.
"It's a successful name," Calzolari said. "It's in fashion."
AP business writer Colleen Barry contributed from Milan.