Michael Day

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James Bond 'Spectre' film challenged to show true state of Rome by campaigners

Constant blight of rubbish and grime that has turned Europe's most beautiful capital into one of its dirtiest

Italian PM Matteo Renzi

Matteo Renzi channels Machiavelli to secure his favoured president

Prime Minister wins coalition support for anti-Mafia, anti-Berlusconi candidate

Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino, goes back to his family's Sicilian roots in the first 'Godfather' film

Postcard from... Rome

Italy’s brain drain continues. And the latest evidence of this? Figures from the health ministry showing that the overseas migration of Italian doctors is becoming a mass exodus.

Rome's Supreme Court of Cassation, where Danilo Giuffrida's case was heard

'Homophobic' Italian officials stripped man of driving licence 'because he was gay'

Man ordered to have examination to see if 'condition' was deteriorating

Some of the 5,361 ancient objects – which had been stolen by Italian and Swiss criminals – in Rome this week

Italy celebrates as 5,000 plundered artefacts worth €50m are returned following 14-year inquiry

Recovered haul goes on show after investigation finds stolen antiquities in Switzerland

Postcard from... Rome

To fight dirt you have to fight dirty. That’s the Rambo-esque reasoning behind the Mafia’s most notorious Godfather suggesting he be allowed out of jail early to fight Isis infiltrators in Italy.

Postcard from... Florence

The picturesque Firenze Fiera exhibition centre in Florence resembled London’s über-trendy Hoxton this week, as 30,000 visitors – mostly in skinny jeans – packed out the world’s biggest men’s fashion event, Pitti Uomo.

Aid workers Greta Ramelli (left) and Vanessa Marzullo arrived at Ciampino airport in Rome early yesterday after being held captive in Syria since July 2014

The price of freedom: Did Italy pay a €12m ransom for the release of aid workers in Syria?

Two young aid workers held hostage in Syria have been released, but suspicion is growing that the Italian government broke international convention and paid the kidnappers a €12m ransom

The EMA has declared the EllaOne pill safe

Italian pharmacists likely to defy EU's ruling on over the counter morning-after pill

Powerful Catholic groups have decried the European Medicines Agency's call to make EllaOne available without a prescription

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