Michael Day

Italy Correspondent for The Independent

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Postcard from... Rome

Italy’s institutions, the butt of a thousand local jokes, appear more determined than ever to fare figuracce – make potential fools of themselves…

Swiss guards stand in the Sistine Chapel, which is to be lit, and protected, by 7,000 LEDs

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

7,000 will be placed around the chapel to bathe it in stronger – but also gentler – light

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin arrive for a civil ceremony to make their marriage official in Italy

George Clooney and his bride unfazed by the angry protesters in Venice

Council workers sent an open letter to the Hollywood star asking him to support their cause

George Clooney and his Lebanon-born British fiancée Amal Alamuddin take a water taxi after tying the knot at a ceremony yesterday

George Clooney wedding: Film star charms the lucky few in Venice in marriage to Amal Alamuddin

Actor is joined by A-listers including Bono, Anna Wintour, Matt Damon and Robert DeNiro as he bids farewell to bachelorhood

George Clooney and his Lebanon-born British fiancée Amal Alamuddin take a water taxi after arriving in Venice yesterday

George Clooney wedding: Husband and bride-to-be prepare to party from dusk till dawn

Tight security grips Venice as A-list stars fly in for the celebrity wedding of the year

Postcard from... Florence

A masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci has revealed new details and symbolism following a major restoration by experts  in Florence.

Florence’s Archbishop, Cardinal Giuseppe Betori

Tuscan demon-busters told to go by the book after a rise in irregular exorcisms

Priests in Italy have been warned to keep to church guidelines

Postcard from... Como

Being an “starchitect” isn’t always easy – at least not in Italy. While New York is celebrating star designer Daniel Libeskind’s work at Ground Zero, locals in Como have snubbed plans for a 20-metre high Libeskind monument in the middle of their famous lake.

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

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