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Italy Correspondent for The Independent

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Novelist condemns the 'decline and fall' of the Roman skyline

Dilipidated roads, crumbling buildings and commercial hoardings scarring the 'ugly' city

Muslim councillor Aicha Mesrar flees Italy in fear for her life after death threats

'I cannot always live under escort,' says Mesrar as she resigned her post

Postcard from... Rome

For thousands of Italians making the regular  300-mile trip between Milan and Rome, it seemed to good to be true when not one, but two high-speed rail services emerged in the past few years to whisk them to their destinations. The journey time was slashed from six hours to three and the existence of rival firms meant low prices. But not for the first time the dream of fair competition and a better deal for consumers is turning sour.

The NTV ran its first high-speed service between Rome and Naples in October 2012

High-speed dream turns sour on Milan to Rome rail route

For thousands of Italians making the regular – and wearing – 300-mile trip between Milan and Rome, it seemed too good to be true when not one, but two high-speed rail services emerged in the past few years to whisk them to their destination.

Intensive wine-growing in the picturesque hills of Tuscany is causing erosion and pollution, according to authorities

Tuscan wine-makers up in arms as authorities attempt to make viniculture more sustainable

Local councils are already enforcing the plan aimed at protecting the water supply and reducing the threat of soil erosion, but growers claim the administration is 'taking agriculture back to the 1800s'

‘The Deposition of Christ’ by Raphael is in the Borghese Gallery in Rome; a dehumidifier has reduced the damage to it

Raphael's Deposition: Renaissance masterpiece warped by Rome museum’s faulty air conditioning

Damage to painting follows mounting concerns over the poor maintenance of country's heritage such as Pompeii and the Colosseum

Roberto Calderoli has suffered a series of health scares since the video of the curse

Italy's Deputy Senate Speaker who compared country's first black minister to an 'orang-utan' claims he is 'cursed' by African spirits after spell of bad luck

Roberto Calderoli claims video evidence from the Congo shows Cécile Kyenge’s father - a tribal leader - putting a 'macumba' on him as punishment for the insult

The cost so far of the outbreak, in terms of lost trees alone, is £200m, but this figure is set to rise sharply

Alien bacteria threatens southern Italy’s most prized olive groves

The cost so far of the outbreak, in terms of lost trees alone, is £200m, but this figure is set to rise sharply

The two horses, Oracle Force and Golden Storming, were quickly destroyed by vets. The riders suffered only minor injuries

Future of Italy's Tuscan palios in doubt after horses put down following race

Animal rights activists scream abuse and spectators watch in stunned silence as the injured animals are carted off to be destroyed during the race in Pistoia

Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, with her daughter Maya, in his Santa Marta residence at the Vatican yesterday

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag’s release and safe arrival is a diplomatic triumph for Italy

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag’s safe arrival in Rome, en-route to the US, is also a diplomatic triumph for Italy – a nation that strongly opposes the death penalty and one that has historic ties with the Horn of Africa.

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