Italy’s hostility to Nato is building

21 May 2022 9:00 am

  Ravenna, Italy   The war in Ukraine has caused an unholy convergence of the left and right in Italy.…

The horror of gluten-free beer

14 May 2022 9:00 am

I was reminded of the worst liquid that I have ever consumed. It was the last occasion on which I…

A taste of la dolce vita in Tuscany

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Amid the grandeur of old Edinburgh, in the lee of the castle, is one of the finest buildings in Scotland:…

The relentless march of Europe’s zombie centrists

26 April 2022 4:00 pm

Journalists rarely had it so easy as when it came to writing up the final result of the French presidential…

The story of Tuscany’s all-female winery

5 March 2022 9:00 am

The inhabitants of Tuscany and Umbria can claim to be the most civilised beings on the planet, even exceeding the…

The pointless tyranny of Italy’s Covid pass

20 February 2022 6:25 pm

While most European countries, especially Britain, are relaxing their Covid restrictions, Italy which has the toughest of the lot, this…

Are wolves stalking us on the school run?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Italy’s wolves are on the march

Mario Draghi and the murky quest to find Italy’s next president

27 January 2022 6:12 am

In ancient Rome, a diviner called a haruspex would observe the entrails of sacrificed sheep and poultry, especially their livers,…

Can anyone beat Berlusconi to the Italian presidency?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Can Berlusconi become Italy’s next president?

Europe gripped by a fifth wave

23 November 2021 9:03 am

How quickly things change. Just a month ago many EU countries were being praised for keeping some Covid restrictions in…

How Rome’s rubbish became a political problem

23 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Excommunication,’ reads a stone plaque on the wall of the church of St Theodore in Rome, ‘and a fine of…

Reports of the demise of Italian populism are greatly exaggerated

9 October 2021 1:23 pm

Britain’s newspapers have called the results of the local elections in Italy the death of populism. The Times, for example,…

Was the US involved in neo-fascist Italian terrorism?

12 September 2021 5:10 pm

Last month, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi promised to declassify government documents involving two organisations: Gladio, an anti-communist paramilitary group…

The wine that made me change my mind about Valpolicella

14 August 2021 9:00 am

There was a marvellous general of yesteryear called George Burns. He had a good war and a splendid peace. He…

Italians are seeing red over the Covid ‘Green Pass’

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Italy’s Covid certificate is dividing the country

Italy, the ‘far right’ and the muted opposition to vaccine passes

4 August 2021 3:01 am

Dante’s Beach, Ravenna Here is your starter for ten. Which Italian political party believes that individual liberty is sacred? Answer:…

The Italians are deluding themselves about the English

17 July 2021 4:00 pm

Not content with winning Euro 2020, many Italians have spent the days since the final engaged in a febrile orgy…

The challenges of being an England supporter in Italy

17 July 2021 9:00 am

  Dante’s Beach, Ravenna My fiery Italian wife Carla is not just a passionate patriot but also a devout Catholic, and…

Will Italy's Euro win lead to a baby boom?

14 July 2021 8:17 am

Could Italy’s triumph on Sunday result not just in a trophy for the azzuri, but a baby boom for a…

England, Italy and the power of national pride

11 July 2021 7:23 pm

As an Englishman in enemy territory I am lucky that love is a more powerful emotion than patriotism otherwise after…

Wine by the jug in Venetian Venice

24 April 2021 9:00 am

We were discussing travel, that forbidden delight now tantalisingly close. Where would be our first destination? Forswearing originality, I chose…

Europe’s reckless caution over AstraZeneca

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The first smear campaign against AstraZeneca, when Emmanuel Macron falsely claimed at the start of the year that the jab…

Portrait of the week: Tributes to Sarah Everard, rows over AstraZeneca and Nokia cuts jobs

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Home A Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens, 48, was charged with the kidnap and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who…

The EU's ugly vaccine nationalism

5 March 2021 5:09 am

We have to rid the world of vaccine nationalism. No one is protected until we are all protected. And we…

Can Italy's arch Eurocrat save his country?

21 February 2021 8:00 pm

The world these days is so blasè about the destruction of democracy that no one even thinks it worthy of…