Nick McCarthy, Gary Ringrose, Ireland U-20shead coach Nigel Carolan and Billy Dardis. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Maybe it is an omen, good or bad, but after enduring scorching heat for their opening round wins, the Irish U-20 squad wrapped up their preparations(...)

Tomás Quinlan celebrates with team-mates after Ireland defeat Argentina in their Pool C game at the World Under-20 Championships in Parma, Italy, on Tuesday. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho.

The thin line between success and heartbreak was neatly encapsulated by Ireland debutant Tomás Quinlan when he landed the winning penalty to snatch a(...)

Two years ago, Barone caught his mother, Francesca Bellocco, “in flagrante” in the family summer home in Calabria with Domenico Cacciola, member of a rival ‘Ndrangheta crime family

The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Reggio Calabria this week served up a chilling reminder of mafioso methods and mindset when it revealed that 22-year(...)

A route that reads like a tour guide for Italian villages and cities: Michael Taylor and Greg Kable in their 1954 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva

There was a time when Italy had a 1,000-mile road race from Brescia, in the north, down to Rome and back. Fifty-six people were killed in the Mille Mi(...)

Rigoberto Uran of Colombia and SKY Procycling won the 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Colombian Rigoberto Uran moved into third place overall after capturing a solo victory in the Giro d’Italia’s first summit finish today. (...)

An Italian court upheld a conviction against former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Files/Reuters.

A Milan appeals court today upheld the conviction of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud in a film-rights case involv(...)

 Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, France
Take 3: Detox hotels

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, France In a park near the sea, this hotel has a spa, using natural Payot products, plus three-, to se(...)