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Difference between “darsi del tu” and “del lei”

In Italian there's the usage of "darsi del tu" (referring to your interlocutor in second person singular) and "darsi del lei" (using instead the feminine third person singular). What's the difference?...
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Why always “Lei” instead of “lui” in formal speech, irrespective of addressee's sex?

Why does Italian use Lei (feminine third-person singular) instead of lui (masculine third-person singular) in formal speech, irrespective of the sex of the addressee?