Nicholas Farrell

Are we helping desperate migrants — or just people smugglers?

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Are aid agencies colluding with people smugglers?

Italy’s heading for its own Brexit moment

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Unelected prime minister Matteo Renzi is losing his own referendum campaign

Through the Sahara to the Jungle: a migrant’s tale

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Why would a migrant cross the Sahara, Libya, the Med and most of Europe in a quest to reach Britain? I asked one

Italy never learns from its earthquakes – so how about a plague of rats?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

 Lido di Dante, Ravenna When the earthquake struck in the dead of night at 3.36 a.m. — the Devil’s Hour…

Would you recognise this face? Mussolini back in 1924, on a drive with his pet lion cub, Ras

A beautiful place to die: Mussolini at Lake Como

27 August 2016 9:00 am

If your destiny is to be shot dead with your mistress, where better than Lake Como, which, in the words…

Italy’s migrant purgatory

20 August 2016 9:00 am

The car park near Dante’s tomb is full of the young menwe have encouraged to flee to Europe for a better life

Will the sick man of Europe dare to follow us out?

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Will Italy, the sick man of Europe, dare to follow us out?

Beppe Grillo’s M5S is a Scientology-style cult

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The group behind Rome’s probable next mayor is a Scientology-style cult


Even hungry migrants won’t eat the food in Italy

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Hungry migrants are right to boycott Italian food, says Nicholas Farrell

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

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…

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

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

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

If Nigel Farage is worried about anti-Semitism, he shouldn't be teaming up with Beppe Grillo

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Has the Ukip leader seen Beppe Grillo’s website?

Italians for Maggie

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The Circolo Culturale Margaret Thatcher, which wants to institute an Anglo-Saxon Tory party in Italy, has a plan

Attack of the nudist lawyers

10 August 2013 9:00 am

How a little bird saved my favourite beach

In defence of Silvio Berlusconi

29 June 2013 9:00 am

The Bunga Bunga trial has shown that something is irredeemably rotten in Italy – but it isn’t the former prime minister

Beppe Grillo: Italy's new Mussolini

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Beppe Grillo has much in common with Mussolini

Berlusconi bounces back

21 July 2012 6:00 am

Like him or loathe him, it’s clear that no one else can run Italy

Ship of fools

21 January 2012 1:00 pm

The Italian crew of the Costa Concordia may have been sloppy, but big passenger vessels always feel dangerous to me

Arrivederci il Magnifico

12 November 2011 6:00 pm

Berlusconi is the only person who could have sorted out Italy’s problems


13 September 2003 12:00 am

Why being called mad by Berlusconi is not necessarily an insult