Sicily hit by 4.3-magnitude earthquake near Palermo

No reports of casualties or damage in earthquake near Palermo. A 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Sicily, near the capital Palermo, at 06.14 on the morning of Tuesday 31 August....

Hundreds of dead fish wash up in Rome's river Tiber

Another mass death of fish in the Tevere river. Rome cyclists and joggers were shocked to see hundreds of dead fish bobbing on the surface of the river Tiber on Thursday 26 August. The gruesome si...

Rome commuters recycle 5 million plastic bottles in exchange for bus tickets

Mayor hails success of Rome's plastic recycling project. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has announced that commuters have recycled more than five million plastic bottles since the city introduced 'plastic...

Italy wildfires: 'No BBQ' appeal over Ferragosto holiday

Nature reserve near Rome destroyed by flames. Wildfires continue to rage in Italy this summer, particularly in the southern regions of Sicily and Calabria, as the country endures a heatwave with reco...

Italy issues heatwave warning for 17 cities on holiday weekend

Italy swelters in days leading to Ferragosto holiday on Sunday. The Italian health ministry has issued its highest Level 3 heat warning for 15 cities on Friday 13 August as temperatures soar amid an...

Italy heatwave hits record 48.8 degrees in Sicily

Italy faces its 'hottest week of the summer'. Italy recorded temperatures of 48.8 degrees Celsius in Sicily on Wednesday afternoon in what Italian media say is the hottest ever registered in Europe....

Wildfires rage in south of Italy amid record heatwave

Fires break out in Sicily and Calabria during intense heatwave. Three people have died as a result of wildfires in southern Italy, burning thousands of hectares of land, as the Calabria region calls...

Italy enters 'hottest week of summer' amid extra risk of wildfires

Italy braced for 'Lucifer' heatwave amid increased risk of wildfires in the week leading up to the Ferragosto summer holiday. Italy is set to experience soaring temperatures in the coming days with t...

Italy's Mount Etna volcano erupts with dawn explosions of lava and ash clouds

Europe's tallest active volcano wakes up local residents with a bang. Mount Etna erupted with strong explosions at dawn this morning, 9 August, shaking the walls and floors of nearby buildings in the...

Sardinia wildfires force hundreds of evacuations

EU sends help as wildfires cause "unprecedented disaster" on Italian island. Wildfires in Sardinia have prompted the evacuation of around 1,500 people and destroyed more than 20,000 hectares of land...

Italian farmers protest in Rome over wild boar emergency

Farmers in Italy blame wild boar for wrecking crops and causing traffic accidents. Hundreds of farmers took to the streets of Rome and 19 other regional Italian capitals on Thursday to protest what t...

Italian volcanoes Etna and Stromboli erupt on same day

Tourists have begun returning to the island of Stromboli in recent days. The Italian volcanoes of Stromboli and Etna both erupted today, 19 May, according to Italy's volcanology institute INGV. Et...

Rome turns to ladybirds to save the city's pine trees

Rome seeks ways of stopping a deadly parasite from killing the city's pine trees, including natural methods. Rome's umbrella pine trees are at serious risk due to a killer parasite - the pine tortois...

Two rare ibis make a nest on Rome rooftop

Pair of Northern Bald Ibises make a nest on the roof of the Wind Tre building in Rome.  Two Northern Bald Ibises - one of the world's most endangered species of bird - are nesting on the roof of a te...

Wally the grey whale continues rare tour of Italy

Grey whale believed to be en route to France. A grey whale, which appeared off the coast of Italy in mid-April in a first for its species, was spotted on Wednesday by the coast guard off Imperia, in...
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