Michael Day

Italy Correspondent for The Independent

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Postcard from... Rome

’Ndrangheta, the Italian crime syndicate that has overtaken Cosa Nostra as Italy’s most powerful mafia organisation, moves in mysterious ways.

The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is one of the few opera houses that can pay its bills

Lend us a tenor: Italian opera houses in need of funding

Some observers say changing tastes and diminishing attention spans have been bad for the elaborate art form

Nino Di Matteo (on left) in Palermo; he is permanently accompanied by a ring of armed carabinieri following threats made against him by a Mafia boss

‘It is worth it and it is right’: A year of living dangerously for the prosecutor taking on the Mafia

Nino di Matteo’s life has been threatened by jailed former boss of bosses, Toto 'the Beast' Riina, over his investigation into links between the mob and the Italian state in the 1990s

Italy has been crippled by a series of strikes as part of the so-called Pitchfork Movement

Postcard from... Rome

Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, was voted the leader of the centre-left Partito Democratico this week, and has been compared to Tony Blair

Dawn of a new era: Italy’s ‘Tony Blair’ shakes up centre left with youthful team

Italian politics is in for a change, with the youthful new leader of the Democratic Party heralding an end to a system moribund with cronyism

Matteo Renzi is being tipped as a new force on Italy's fractured political scene

Is this Italy's Tony Blair? Meet Matteo Renzi, the rising star of Italian politics

Youthful, charismatic and on the left, Matteo Renzi is being tipped as a new force on Italy's fractured political scene

Postcard from... Italy

Is Francis the first pop star Pope?

Pope Idol... but Francis I knows the real battles are yet to come

He has won over the world’s media and the man on the street – but certainly not all Catholics

Postcard from... Venice

Venice’s canals looked exquisite in this morning’s autumn sunshine. But most tourists weren’t able to enjoy them – thanks to a boat and water taxi strike that put paid to any hopes of wafting down the Grand Canal.

Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis: his life is in danger from 'ndrangheta, warns anti-mafia judge

Crackdown on financial corruption in Vatican has angered brutal crime syndicate, says Nicola Gratteri

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