Italian citizens hug after arriving at Practica di Mare military base near Rome, Italy, 16th February 2015. A group of around 60 Italians returned from Libya overnight after being evacuated because of security concerns about the advance of ISIS extremist Islamic group in the North African nation. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Italians woke up on Monday to the worrying reality of a threat from Islamic State “signed with blood against the nation of the cross”. Against the bac(...)

Optica, a boutique eyewear business run by husband and wife team Donal and Deirdre McNally

Dawson Street, one of Dublin’s most beautiful thoroughfares, is currently blighted by Luas works but savvy shoppers will have noticed a subtle chan(...)

New Italian president Sergio Mattarella arrives at the Constitutional Court in Rome. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/EPA

For Sergio Matarella, the man elected today as Italy’s 12th president, all changed on the morning of January 6th, 1980. That was the day when a Cosa N(...)

Tee-up in Taormina, Sicily
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  • January 26, 2015, 07:00

The Dom spread his hands and gave me the most Sicilian of shrugs. He then proceeded to make me several offers I found hard to refuse. First, he(...)

Take a course wiht Raymond Blanc at Michelin-starred Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxford
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Walnut Grove, Loire Valley Walnut Grove is a luxurious gîte in the heart of the Loire valley that offers five-day courses that include everythin(...)

Migrants on board an Italian Navy vessel on December 24th, 2014. Photograph: Italian Navy/EPA

Nearly 1,250 migrants have so far been rescued in the Mediterranean over the Christmas period and five bodies have been recovered, Italian officials s(...)

Eight people in Milan, Matera,Trapani and New York were this week arrested in connection with the attempted extortion of Matera-based businessman Luciano Marsilio.

The moral of this tale is: do not run up a debt with the Gambino family in New York because they never forget. Eight people in Milan, Matera, Trapani (...)

Massimo Carminati, a former member of the NAR neo-fascist terrorist group and of the Banda della Magliana crime gang, is arrested by Italian Carabinieri Rome as part of the “Middle Earth” operation. Photograph: Italian Carabinieri Press Office/EPA

Roman public opinion is in a state of shock following the arrest on Tuesday of 37 people, — most of them involved in the administration of the “Eterna(...)

We’re only interested in taking cash from child-free hipsters. It’s not what the sign on the gastropub says when I rock up with two hungry children(...)

Omo, a young woman forced to leave Nigeria because of her sexuality, is the only woman on the soccer team at Cara Mineo camp for asylum seekers in Sicily. Her ambition is to become a professional player. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Deep in rural Sicily is Cara Mineo, one of the largest centres for asylum seekers in Europe. A former US military base, it is surrounded by orange tre(...)