Italy

Monte dei Paschi is everything that’s gone wrong with banking

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The headline business story of the holiday season was the latest bailout of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena. This…

2017: Europe's year of rage

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Across the continent, the pro-EU establishment is in trouble

Making a grand entrance: the atrium of the Villa Spalletti Trivelli

I’ve got Rome on repeat

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Lara Prendergast tries the Eternal City two ways

Lesson of 2016: if you address people's concerns, "populism" goes away

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…

Who will save Havana now Castro has gone?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

While American conservatives, including Donald Trump and the Cuban exiles in Florida, whooped with joy at the news of the…

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

The 20th century's last art movement

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Martin Gayford talks to the men behind arte povera, who took modern art back to the natural world and the past

A lyrical lament for a disappearing world

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Sicily   Under the watchful eye of Mount Etna the storied past of the island lies parched and yellowish, but…

Hell was fighting the Nazis

17 September 2016 9:00 am

When Rome fell to the Allies on 5 June 1944 General Harold Alexander, commander of the 15th Army, calculated that…

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

One of the two bronze statues of Greek warriors found in the sea off Riace, on display for the first time at the presidential palace in Rome, 1981

My pilgrimage to see the world’s greatest male nudes

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Initially it must have been a nasty surprise. On 16 August 1972 an amateur scuba diver named Stefano Mariottini was…

Ruins and romance (Monty Don not included)

Meeting Monty Don in the world’s most romantic garden

23 July 2016 9:00 am

I’ve just been given a personal tour of Ninfa by Monty Don. True, I had to share the thinking woman’s…

Bologna’s core: grand in the renaissance manner

Bologna with Gilbert & George

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Sooner or later, no matter where you are travelling on Italian railways, you are likely to pass through Bologna Centrale.…

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?

Heart of the matter: Salma Hayek as the queen

A gorgeous fantasy – unless you're as pitifully literal as I am: Tale of Tales reviewed

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s first English-language film is a baroque fantasy based on Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), the 17th-century collection of fairy…

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

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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

A kind of posthumous existence: a death mask of Keats, sold at auction for £16,100 in 1996

A beautiful place to die: Italy and the Romantic poets

28 May 2016 9:00 am

People can be mightily protective of their Romantic poets. When I worked at the Keats Shelley House, overlooking the Spanish…

What the world looked like after my brain haemorrhage

28 May 2016 9:00 am

When your mind suddenly goes wonky, you may be the one person who doesn’t realise that there is something wrong…

A lesson from Italy on the futility of referendums

23 April 2016 9:00 am

As we prepare in Britain for our momentous referendum in June, Italy has just had one. It happened last Sunday…

RA’s Giorgione show is so rich it’s worth returning to several times

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Walter Sickert was once shown a room full of paintings by a proud collector, who had purchased them on the…

‘Madonna del Parto’ fresco in Monterchi by Piero della Francesca

On the trail of Piero della Francesca

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Piero della Francesca is today acknowledged as one of the foundational artists of the Renaissance. Aldous Huxley thought his ‘Resurrection’…

Fairytale pretty: the island of Monte Isola

The world is about to discover the wonders of Lake Iseo

16 January 2016 9:00 am

If you’ve never heard of Lake Iseo, you’re not alone. Nestling shyly between chocolate-box Como and glamorous Garda, the smallest…