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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

Postcard from... Varenna

If you thought only cash-rich Gulf states would consider constructing artificial offshore islands to host holidaymakers, think again.

The Ponte Degli Alpini in Bassano del Grappa has stood in its current form since 1569

Powered by Diesel: Fashion giant joins effort to save medieval bridge

Fashion mogul auctions his time to raise funds for sagging 12th-century wooden structure in his home town

Interior Minister, Angelino Alfano, ordered the deployment of 60 extra police officers to the area and he promised “a swift and concrete response to an incident of unprecedented ferocity”

Myths about the Mafia exposed as three-year-old is brutally murdered

In January this year the remains of another toddler were found in a burnt-out car

Postcard from... Milan

No doubt the culprit positioned himself in just the right angle, capturing his best side, perhaps with the mobile phone camera pointing downwards, for the most flattering shot.

Tourists relax beside the Grand Canal, Venice

From the Grand Canal to Juliet's balcony, a 'Yes' from Veneto to cutting ties with Rome can blaze a trial for Scotland

There has been much water under the Bridge of Sighs since Napoleon Bonaparte marched into Venice ending 1,100 years of independence in the city state.

Postcard from... Rome

Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italy’s Fascist dictator, usually has something to say about everything. This might entail bombarding the Senate with her right-wing opinions or telling journalists how the arrival of a daughter meant that her husband had to leave his job in the police for a cushy number with the state railways.

Disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been advising the US ambassador in Rome

Disgraced Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi - and friend of Vladimir Putin - asks US ambassador to Rome not to isolate Russia

Italy’s disgraced ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi has put on his "elder statesman" hat to advise the US ambassador in Rome on how American should handle the crisis in the Ukraine, is has emerged.

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