Michael Day

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The €300 note does not exist

Napoli Group members arrested over a fake €300 note and a paper trail leading to the Italian underworld

Police say the notorious counterfeiting crime group has dumped half a billion fake euros on the continent in the past 15 years

Postcard from... Cermenate

Even the most resourceful PR agent would have their work cut out improving the profile of ‘ndrangheta, the fearsome mafia group that runs half of Europe’s cocaine trade.

Cardinal Paolo Romeo drew criticism for discriminating against the son for the father’s sins

Catholic bishop takes stand against Mafia by refusing to confirm mob boss' son

Murdered priest Padre Pino Puglisi is buried in Palermo cathedral where boy was set to be confirmed

Small winemakers say the restriction makes it hard to sell overseas

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

Producers fear rigid application of rules would hit their ability to market their wine
Video provided by the Italian Carabinieri (paramilitary police) shows people identified as Italian crime syndicate Ndrangheta members kissing each other

How mobsters get 'made': Secret Mafia initiations revealed by unprecedented video footage of Calabrian crime syndicate

Police film of family’s ‘Santa’ ritual shows art really does imitate life

To this day, only two bridges connect the ghetto to the rest of Venice

Appeal launched to save the world's first ghetto

As its 500th anniversary nears, Venice seeks to restore Europe's original Jewish quarter...but can they raise the £7m needed?

Postcard from... Rome

The impression here in Italy that the wheels are falling off grew stronger yesterday, Black Friday. While a group of orphaned African refugees were turned away from the reception centre they had come to regard as home, and a baying crowd of locals threatened and insulted them, nationwide strikes and protests left many cities choking in tear gas. The lucky ones with jobs walked home because there were no trains or buses.

Nino Di Matteo is said to have been assigned an armoured vehicle for his personal transport

Security increased for anti-Mafia prosecutor after informant reveals Cosa Nostra plans to assassinate him with a bazooka

Palermo magistrate Nino Di Matteo is currently leading the prosecution of 10 former state officials following a probe into state-Mafia negotiations in the 1990s

Protesters hold a banner reading ‘enough uncivilised immigration’ in the Tor Sapienza area of Rome

Racial tensions in Rome: ‘Long live Il Duce’ chants as locals attack immigrant centre with rocks and petrol bombs

Residents in the Tor Sapienza district blame the African and Bengali refugees inside for the 'insupportable' levels of street crime in the area

Romans must wait a lot longer for completion of new metro line that is only a third built after 15 years

Despite endless hold-ups, rising costs and even a judicial investigation, Rome's mayor remains upbeat - even after a delay at Sunday’s launch

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