Michael Day

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Postcard from... Rome

The Eternal City is bracing itself. Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, head of the Vatican agency for pilgrims, says “this is an event that Rome has never seen in its history – the canonisation of two popes in the  presence of two living popes”.

talian policemen escort to jail mafia boss Giuseppe Dell'Aquila in Naples

Times are so tough in Italy that Mafiosi are considering getting jobs

Italy’s economic downturn means mobsters have fewer businesses to extort

The monster cruise liners had passed close to St Mark’s Square at the heart of the lagoon city

Giant cruise ships that block the Venice views and threaten foundations are to be banned from passing through city's heart

Monstrous cruise ships that ruin the view – and even block out the sun – for people strolling down Venice’s Giudecca Canal, will, from the end of November, no longer pass close to the lagoon city, cruise ship owners have pledged.

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

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