Italy

Portrait of the week

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Talha Asmal, aged 17, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, died in a suicide bomb attack on forces near an oil…

Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like

20 June 2015 9:00 am

More than 50,000 boat people have arrived already this year, with many more expected

How very English: picnics at Glyndebourne

Country house picnics (with some ace opera attached)

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I stole a blanket last night. Rather a nice one, in fact. I feel bad about it, of course, but…

My new plan: let’s pay people benefits for not moving here

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Yet another exciting discovery from the world of Islamic science. As you are probably aware, Islamic culture has always paid…

Power couple: 'Dave and Sam' (Photo: Getty)

What Italy made of the result of the British general election (not much)

16 May 2015 9:00 am

On election day I was in Puglia in the ‘heel’ of Italy, where interest in British politics could hardly be…

How Lampedusa copes when the migrant ships come in

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Encounters with those who have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean

Carl Jung meets David Icke (and writes a book of bonkers business-speak)

25 April 2015 9:00 am

What do you get if you cross renegade psychoanalyst Carl Jung with lizard-men conspiracist David Icke? It is a question…

Cameron led calls to remove Gaddafi. Why is he silent on Libya's drowning refugees?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

One Friday, 28 people were rescued by the Italian coastguard when the boat on which they were fleeing Libya capsized in…

Italy’s highest-paid heart-throb, Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a film director in ‘creative limbo’

How Fellini made his modernist masterpiece

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Ian Thomson on the creative limbo that spawned Fellini’s modernist masterpiece, 8½

Let there be light: Saint Peter’s at dawn

Rise early to see the Vatican at its best

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The sun has only just risen in Rome and we are standing bleary-eyed in a short queue outside the Vatican.…

Calm and colourful: Burano

How to walk along canals in Venice without feeling like a tourist

7 February 2015 9:00 am

I arrived in Venice believing it would reek of sewage. It didn’t. The walk into the centre went through cobbled…

Nicole Minetti (with statutory sunglasses) in Milan in 2011. The bunga-bunga girl, catapulted into politics by Berlusconi, was accused of aiding and abetting prostitution and submitting fraudulent expenses

Good time girls: Italian women prefer sunglasses to babies, according to Nicholas Farrell

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Like so many Britons who chased the dream and woke up in Italy I have contemplated writing a book about…

Nigel Farage’s diary: How I survived Dry January

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Dry January is tougher than it sounds. Well, for me anyway. It’s now been some 28 days since I’ve had…

The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Why I’m glad to have five children, with a sixth on the way

Pippa Middleton on wine, fishing and Kim Kardashian

13 December 2014 9:00 am

A few days ago I went truffle hunting in Piedmont. It’s been a bumper year for white truffles in northern…

Spectator letters: Richard Ingrams defends Joan Littlewood, and the truth about Napoleon’s poisonous wallpaper

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The state of Italy… Sir: Ambassador Terracciano’s letter (Letters, 1 November) about Nicholas Farrell’s article (‘The dying man of Europe’,…

The shameful truth: Britain lets in far too few refugees

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Britain’s appalling record on refugees is a moral failure, and national disgrace

Letters: In defence of Italy, and the rise and fall of the military moustache

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Italy’s to-do list Sir: You would expect a long letter of rebuttal by a piqued senior diplomat in response to…

How Italy failed the stress test (and Emilio Botín didn’t)

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Continuing last week’s theme, it was the Italian banks — with nine fails, four still requiring capital injections — that…

The one economic indicator that never stops rising: meet the Negroni Index

25 October 2014 9:00 am

This dispatch comes to you from Venice — where I arrived at sunset on the Orient Express. More of that…

Italy’s in terminal decline, and no one has the guts to stop it

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Italy is in terminal decline

Prue Leith’s diary: I want to be green, but I’ve got some flights to take first...

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Please God, make me good, but not yet.’ I know the feeling. As I get older and more deeply retired,…

Ezra Pound in the early 1920s

Ezra Pound – the fascist years

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘There are the Alps. What is there to say about them?/ They don’t make sense. Fatal glaciers, crags cranks climb,…

Italy is killing refugees with kindness

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Italy’s decriminalising of illegal immigration has acted as a green light to boat people, and the journey is a deadly one

‘Self-portrait’, c.1513, by Leonardo da Vinci

Pizza, choc-ice and Leonardos – the treasures of Turin

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne enjoys a grand tour of Italy’s former capital city