Putin to visit Rome on 4 July

Putin to meet Conte, Mattarella and Pope Francis in Rome. Russian president Vladimir Putin comes to Rome on a state visit on Thursday 4 July, at the invitation of Italian prime minister Giuseppe Cont...

Italy's Lega triumphs in European elections

Salvini's Lega surges as Movimento 5 Stelle slumps.The right-wing Lega party of Italy's deputy premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini has won a major victory in the European elections, taking al...

Former Rome mayor Marino acquitted in expenses case

Supreme court quashes two-year term for ex Rome mayor Marino. Italy's supreme court has acquitted former Rome mayor Ignazio Marino of charges of alleged embezzlement and fraud, quashing a two-year te...

Italian government guidance for Brits in Italy

  Italian government decree sets out details of residency, healthcare rules. As Brexit looms and many British nationals living in Italy are unsure of how they will be affected, the Italian gover...

UK parliament agrees to debate “leave EU” petition

Brexit debate scheduled for 1 April. The House of Commons has responded to the almost six million people who signed the petition to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU, promising a debate on Monda...

Pope calls for rebirth of Rome during visit to mayor

Rome is an open, multicultural city, mayor Virginia Raggi tells pontiff. Pope Francis called on Rome city councillors to seek to bring about the "moral and spiritual rebirth" of the capital, during h...

Brits in Italy slow to sign “stop Brexit” petition

British nationals living in Italy are qualified to sign parliamentary petition to revoke Article 50. Only little over 5,500 British nationals living in Italy have signed a petition calling on the g...

Rome closes Colosseum during Chinese state visit

3,500 police on duty in Rome for visit of Chinese president. The Colosseum and the surrounding area will be closed to the public on the afternoon of Friday 22 March, while Trajan's Markets will be sh...

Rome city council president arrested for corruption

Marcello De Vito accused of corruption in relation to Rome stadium project. The president of the Rome city council Marcello De Vito of the populist Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) was arrested on 20 March a...

Maximum security in Rome for visit of Chinese leader

China's Xi Jinping will be in Rome from 21-23 March. Rome security chiefs will establish two "green zones" in the city during the visit of the president of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping,...

Former Rome mayor Alemanno gets six years in jail

Alemanno convicted of corruption and illegal financing.Gianni Alemanno, the former right-wing mayor of Rome, was sentenced to six years in jail on 25 February after being found guilty of corruption an...

Rome environment councillor resigns

Pinuccia Montanari resigns from Raggi administration. Rome's environment councillor Pinuccia Montanari resigned from her post on the evening of 8 February. Montanari's surprise resignation follows h...

Rome city council votes to evict CasaPound

City assembly passes motion to evict far-right group from illegally occupied Rome building. Rome city council has passed a motion calling for the "immediate eviction" of the far-right organisation Ca...

Rome mayor in Twitter spat with Salvini

Italy's deputy premier embroiled in social media spat with Rome mayor. Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi and Italy's deputy premier Matteo Salvini have been involved in a spat on social media following a f...

Rome mayor acquitted in appointment case

Virginia Raggi cleared of charge of lying over city hall appointment.Rome mayor Virginia Raggi has been acquitted by a court of charges of making false public statements about a senior city appointmen...

Rome mayor lashes out at city hall protestors

Romadicebasta protest at Campidoglio attracts 10,000 Romans. Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi has dismissed the estimated 10,000 protestors who showed up at city hall as the "old guard of the Partito Demo...

Italy to get M5S-Lega government

Mattarella appoints Giuseppe Conte as prime minister and approves new list of ministers. President Sergio Mattarella has appointed law professor and political novice Giuseppe Conte to head up a coali...

M5S, Lega make progress in government-formation talks

The populist Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and right-wing Lega agree a government ‘contract’, but who will head the new executive remains unclear. The populist Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and rig...

President Mattarella proposes neutral government or new elections

M5s and Lega reject Mattarella proposal, PD gives support Italy must either give itself a ‘neutral’ government with cross-party support that will hold office until the end of the year pending new ele...

Chamber of deputies speaker Fico to explore possible M5S-PD alliance

New exploratory government formation mandate after talks with Lega fail Chamber of deputies speaker Roberto Fico of the anti-establishment Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) has been asked to explore th...
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