Sport Mirco Bergamasco last played for Italy in November 2012 before he suffered a fractured kneecap

The 30-year-old utility back, now with Rovigo in his homeland, has stood out this season and earnt a recall from national coach Jacques Brunel

Album: Anna Caterina Antonacci, Donald Sulzen, L'alba Separa dalla Luce L'ombra (Wigmore Hall)

Anna Caterina Antonacci here conjures an evocative and warming account of fin de siècle Mediterranean ardour through songs by the likes of Tosti, Hahn and Respighi, including the latter's "Sopra un'aria Antica".

Deals of the week: Sri Lanka, Lake Garda, New Forest

Less than £200... The Blue Water is a luxury hotel in the resort of Wadduwa, Sri Lanka. Trailfinders has a package, departing from Heathrow between 19 and 24 October, which includes transfers and a week-long stay at the hotel with breakfast for £829 per person. trailfinders.com

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Joyce DiDonato is not just a singer, she's a cheerleader carrying the torch for opera whenever she gets the chance.

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Brunel hopes Botes can keep Italy afloat

Jacques Brunel has reached a stage in his job as Italy coach that all who have gone before him reached at around the same time. Two matches in, the Frenchman has changed his starting fly-half.

Row your boat: A gondolier

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Italy's most romantic city is the perfect place to take your Valentine – or get into the carnival spirit, says William Cook.

David Strettle’s try ensured Saracens booked a home quarter-final

Saracens left to fly flag for England after scare

Benetton Treviso 20 Saracens 26

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Album: Sounds Baroque, Conversazioni I: Cantatas From A Cardinal's Court (Avie)

Conversazioni I presents a programme of baroque pieces reflecting the patronage of Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni, a well-connected young Venetian related to Pope Alexander VII who chose to indulge his passion for music through copious commissions of Albinoni, Handel, and both Scarlattis.

Great Works: The Crucifixion 1565 (518cm x 1,224 cm), Tintoretto

Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

Robinson calls for consistency as Scots avoid wooden spoon

Scotland 21 Italy 8

Troubled waters: Paintings show Venice in decline

A new exhibition of Venetian paintings by Canaletto and other artists shimmers with beauty. But look closer and there are signs of a city in decline, says Michael Glover

Leicester make heavy weather of it in absence of Flood

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