Michael Day

Italy Correspondent for The Independent

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The academic, Annamaria Testa, has set out on her website a list of 300 English words that she says Italians ought to stop using

Academic speaks out against 'Italianglo' - the use of English words in Italian language

Annamaria Testa says her compatriots should stop using words like 'flop', 'fashion' and 'baby' when there are better Italian alternatives

Postcard from... Rome

If you’re visiting or living in Rome and have had your fill of old stuff – ancient, renaissance and baroque - there’s the Maxxi Museum for 21st Century art.

Matteo Renzi (centre) posing with his new ministers (from left) for education, Stefania Giannini; health, Beatrice Lorenzin; defence, Roberta Pinotti; and foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini

Italy’s new PM Matteo Renzi appoints women to lead major state companies in a bid to consign sexism to the past

Mr Renzi declared: ‘We were the bunga-bunga country – but now the women are in charge’

Marcello dell’Utri, 72, helped Berlusconi form his Forza Italia party in 1993

Silvio Berlusconi’s messenger to the Mafia Marcello dell’Utri seized in Beirut after going on the run

The man widely believed to have been ex-premier Silvo Berlusconi’s go-between with Cosa Nostra – the Sicilian Mafia – has been seized in Beirut by Interpol agents after appearing to flee Italy days ahead of a Supreme Court ruling in which he may be sentenced to seven years in prison for Mafia association.

Postcard from... Rome

Supporters of Silvio  Berlusconi in Rome hope to entice pensioners to back the beleaguered mogul by offering them a 50 per cent discount on false teeth.

Italian minister of culture Dario Franceschini and General of Carabinieri Mariano Mossa unveil the two paintings stolen in London in the 1970s by French artists Paul Gauguin (left) and Pierre Bonnard (right)

Stolen Gauguin and Bonnard paintings worth over €30m recovered after hanging on factory worker's kitchen wall for 40 years

The two original artworks discovered in Italy are valued at £8.8m minimum

Uncollected rubbish sits on the Regi Lagni Canals in Marigliano

Italian troops sent into Naples' 'Triangle of Death' to stop mafia wars over illegal waste disposal

There has been a surge in murders as 90 or so clans fight turf wars over the 'Ecomafia' business

A Carabinieri officer told the court: ‘The body was visible from the door, naked and face down with his hands behind his back. There was an electrical cord round his neck.’

Jason Peter Marshall: British man charged with stabbing and strangling Italian retiree he met in gay chat room in 'ferocious killing'

'Pychotic and socially dangerous' suspect has previous convictions in the UK of impersonating an MI5 official

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is going to be selling off 78 vehicles, including 40 BMW 5 Series

Italy’s new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi puts 170 state cars including Jags and Maseratis on eBay in economy drive

The Interior Ministry is hoping to flog 78 vehicles, including 40 BMW 5 Series

Crimes bosses allegedly hatched a plan in 2009 to kill Angelino Alfano (centre)

Sicily’s Mafia in plot to murder Justice Minister, court told

Hit would have been one of Cosa Nostra’s most audacious in decades

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit