I am trying to find a balance between SEO efficiency and management overhead (https://domain.com/country/presentazioni is quite some headache)
Unless you are trying to rank for /"country"/, it does not matter for search engine optimization purposes.
If you are using a CMS like WordPress, you can actually edit these categories and tags in bulk. It would take approximately 2 minutes.
All the best,
What’s the proposed use for the /country/ folder?
Is this for multiple languages on the same domain? Ie.
Domain.com/fr (for French content)
Domain.com/es (for Spanish content).
Which is legitimate.
You might also consider top level topic directories like: