G20 culture ministers meet in Rome

Colosseum and Palazzo Barberini to host Rome G20 summit. The first G20 Culture Ministers’ Meeting is being held in Rome on 29 and 30 July, in a major two-day event held under the Italian G20 presiden...

Interview with Carlo Calenda

Wanted in Rome talks to one of the top candidates for Rome mayor ahead of local elections later this year.  by Marco Venturini  Carlo Calenda, the prominent politician, manager and former governme...

Italy PM hits back at Vatican over challenge to Zan anti-homophobia law

Italy's lawmakers react as Vatican makes 'unprecedented' challenge to Italy's anti-homophobia bill. Italian prime minister Mario Draghi has stressed the independence of the country's parliament after...

Italy's centre-right unveils candidate in race for Rome mayor

Enrico Michetti is the  centrodestra candidate for mayor of Rome, running alongside Simonetta Matone. The leaders of Italy's centre-right parties have agreed on lawyer and radio broadcaster Enrico Mi...

Rome ceremony to unveil plaque cut short over typo in former Italian president's name

Ciampi's name spelt wrong on city plaque. A ceremony in Rome to name part of the capital after former Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi did not go according to plan this morning over a misspelli...

Who is Carlo Calenda

All you need to know about Carlo Calenda, front runner for Mayor of Rome.  Rome will vote on its next mayor in October 2021. The field currently includes incumbent Rome mayor Virginia Raggi, who will...

Italian nationalism explained

What does Nationalism mean to Italy? Italy has a complicated history with nationalism. The post-World War II Italian Constitution lays out strong protections against the revival of fascism, a measure...

Rome bookshop sparks debate by refusing to sell Giorgia Meloni memoir

Fratelli d'Italia to distribute Meloni book in school near bookshop. The decision by a Rome book seller not to stock the memoir of Giorgia Meloni, the leader of right-wing Italian party Fratelli d'It...

Mario Draghi works as Italy's prime minister for free

Draghi performs role as prime minister of Italy for free, papers show. Italy's prime minister Mario Draghi receives zero remuneration for his post running the country, according to documents publishe...

Rome's top job: Conte backs Raggi as Gualtieri enters race for mayor

Former Italian finance minister Roberto Gualtieri joins the race for Rome's top job. The electoral campaign of Rome mayor Virginia Raggi, who is seeking a second term in office, has received a signif...

Italian PM angers Turkey by calling Erdoğan a 'dictator'

Draghi slams Erdoğan for humiliating von der Leyen in Ankara. Italy's prime minister Mario Draghi has sparked a diplomatic spat with Turkey after referring to the country's president Recep Tayyip Erd...

The kidnapping and assassination of Aldo Moro

The kidnapping and murder of Italy's former Prime Minister Aldo Moro by the terrorist group Brigate Rosse.  On 16  March 1978, Aldo Moro, former Italian Prime Minister and president of the Christian...

The personal history of Giovanni 'Gianni' Agnelli

Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli, head of Fiat and an icon of Italian political and economic affairs, was a force to be reckoned with. A man of many names: L’Avvocato, Prince of Italy, King of Italy, and the...

Draghi vows major reforms to help rebuild Italy

Draghi addresses the senate ahead of confidence vote. Italy's new prime minister Mario Draghi pledged reforms designed to boost long-term growth, in addition to tackling the covid-19 pandemic, in his...

Joe Biden congratulates Italy's new premier Mario Draghi

US president looks forward to close collaboration with Italy's new government. Joe Biden, the president of the United States, has sent a message of congratulations to Italy's new prime minister Mario...
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