The shrine of the Magi in Cologne catherdral: squint through the mesh opening and you can see the outline of three skulls  with crowns

There’s something otherworldly about the gothic colossus that is Cologne cathedral. Crossing a bridge over the river Rhine on a cold winter evening, m(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin after his excellent showing to win the Tour of Lombardy in Bergamo, Italy, on Sunday, October 5th, 2014. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP

Following his superb win in last Sunday’s Il Lombardia Classic, Dan Martin will today begin his campaign to win the Tour of Beijing. Martin was the ru(...)

Ireland’s Dan Martin of the Garmin team celebrates as he crosses the finnish line to win the 108th edition of the Giro di Lombardia (Tour of Lombardy). Photograph:  LukBenies/AFP/Getty Images)

Dan Martin turned around a frustrating season yesterday when he unleashed a superbly timed attack close to the line and snatched victory in the Il Lom(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi attends a news conference in Rome in this November 25th  2013 file photo. An Italian court ruled that Berlusconi should serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing community service. Phoitograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Files/Reuters

An Italian court tody ordered former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service and set travel r(...)

At the the Italian Institute of Culture yesterday for the presentation of Expo Milano 2015 were  (from left) Fabrizio Sala, under secretary for Expo 2015, business internalisation; Gianni Fava, regional minister of agriculture, Lombardy; and the Italian ambassador to Ireland Giovanni Adorni Braccesi. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The regional minister for agriculture in Italy’s Lombardy region, Gianni Fava, has urged Ireland to support his region’s campaign to combat food fr(...)

Trainer Jim Culloty (left) and jockey Davy Rusell (right) with Lord Windermere during the homecoming parade at Mount Corbitt Stables, Churchtown, County Cork. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA Wire

Jim Culloty already has one eye on Lord Windermere’s Cheltenham Gold Cup defence next March after revealing his stable star will not run again (...)

 Dan Martin (left) and Nicolas Roche are hoping to have a change of fortune in this weekend’s Il Lombardia Classic.

Irish professionals Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche suffered disappointment last Sunday when they crashed out of the World Road Race Championships but bo(...)

Portugal’s Rui Costa celebrates as he crosses the finish to win the men’s elite road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Florence. Photograph: Reuters.

They had the form to challenge in the final laps, but unfortunately not the luck. Nicolas Roche and Dan Martin were among droves of riders who crashed(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi talks to colleagues during a vote in the Senate in Rome yesterday.

[BYLINE1]PADDY AGNEW[/BYLINE1][BYLINE2]in Rome[/BYLINE2]Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered yet another setback in his battle wit(...)

Take Five for about €300,000

ITALY: Lombardy Lake Como lies below this hill house and can be viewed from the interior and the two-level garden (which gets the sun all day).(...)