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Maurizio Lupi in parliament last week

Corruption in Italy 'worse than ever' as minister quits over links with gang accused of bribery

Scandal suggests country's political culture has not changed since the 1990s

The logo of Expo 2015 on top of the 'Palazzo Lombardia' (Lombardy Building) in Milan

Expo World Fair 2015: Sex workers of the world to unite in Milan and cash in on expected tourist boom

The predicted influx of 15,000 prostitutes and escorts from countries including Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Nigeria and Morocco, has seen the six-month event dubbed 'Sexpo' by locals

Sicilian politician and anti-Mafia activist, Rita Borsellino

Italy's 'anti-Mafia industry' comes under suspicion after shock claims over senior figures in fight against organised crime

The campaigner Rita Borsellino said the latest developments suggested something was rotten in the anti-Mafia movement

A worker checking a wheel of seasoned Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in a factory in Valestra, near Bologna

Cheesemakers hold protest over grating issue of Parmigiano Reggiano 'imposters'

Protest against the crop of imposters that are cashing in on famous name

La Bella Vita: Castello di Gabbiano Monferrato is one of the 40 participating mansions and castles

Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

Italy's painful recession has reached its aristocracy who are struggling with maintenance costs, increasing costs of living and changes in property taxes

Bologna, Emilia Romagna's capital. Ndrangheta had spent decades infiltrating the region

Sicilian Mafia now outgunned by Calabria's cocaine-trading mobsters 'Ndrangheta

Italian organised crime is also spreading abroad with ’Ndrangheta now active in Germany, France and Spain

Karima el-Mahroug is one of 45 people who are being investigated

Silvio Berlusconi paid women vast sums for their silence over 'bunga bunga' parties, say investigators

The former Italian premier has denied influencing the testimony of the women

Migrants rescued by the Italian coastguard disembarking in Agrigento province, Sicily, on Monday

Italy warned Libyan jihadists are ‘just south of Rome’

Italian government calls for UN-led international intervention to restore order

Schettino faced justice but the victims’ families feel he should not have been alone

Costa Concordia trial: Was captain Francesco Schettino really the only one at fault for the disaster?

The doomed cruise liner's skipper has been convicted, but some think he has been made a scapegoat

Postcard from... Rome

James Bond must wonder if Rome’s got it in for him. After graffiti sprayers and art historians, the latest obstacle reportedly facing the production team of the latest 007 film, Spectre, is an medieval order of monks.

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