indeed, the MD11 is quite unstable at low speeds, and it is known for it's eager to present the PF with a tailstrike at touchdown (pitch up effect during the flare).
Not the plane to give to low-hour FO's...
by the way, no airline has the best pilots, most majors only have experts in their cockpits, including Alitalia.
SQ is indeed not the best outfit to find cooperative pilots (do they know the term CRM?...).
Italy has some interesting fields too, like Florence (very nice approach, but you sure sweat), Bergamo, Genua are some fields with either very short runways or terrain in the area!