Refugees leave the Italian Navy ship ‘Etna’, which rescued some  2,186 migrants off the Sicily coasts, as it arrives in Salerno, Southern Italy today. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA.

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, th(...)

An Italian police (Carabinieri car). The case of  Stefano Di Francesco, who was arrested and charged with the murder of his 32-year-old son, Piero, in Italy this week, shows that sometimes good old fashioned detective work pays off.

If Andrea Camilleri, creator of the Sicilian-based detective, Inspector Montalbano, had made it up, no one would have blinked. The thing is, though(...)

A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. The Italian navy found some 30 people dead on a migrant boat this weekend and rescued about 5,000 others. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters.

About 30 people have been found dead on a boat packed with migrants off the coast of Sicily. Italy’s navy also rescued thousands of others who were(...)

Rally Fighter: Local Motors first car, it  was built and funded by a co-creation community of enthusiasts, hobbyists, innovators and professionals.

John “Jay” Rogers jnr leans against a wall in a corridor in the bowels of the Lincoln centre in New York. He has just delivered a speech to a room ful(...)

Pope Francis  at the Mass in Piana de Sibari in Calabria. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

“The ’Ndrangheta [Calabrian mafia] represents the adoration of evil and total contempt for the common good . . . Those who in their lives have chosen (...)

File photograph of police escorting migrants  as they get off from San Giorgio vessel of Italian Navy at Sicilian harbour of Augusta last month. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello /Reuters

A migrant boat believed to be carrying around 200 people has sunk south of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Italian authorities said today.An Italian(...)

File picture of migrants being rescued last last month  during operation Mare Nostrum in the southern Mediterranean ocean  off the Italian coast. Photograph: Giuseppe  Lami/EPA

At least 40 people died and 51 others were rescued after a boat carrying mostly sub-Saharan African migrants sank off Libya’s coast east of Tripoli, (...)

Chef Catherine Fulvio   in Sicily. Photograph: Rory Cobbe
Sicily on a plate
  • Europe
  • April 12, 2014, 01:00

Sicily, said Goethe, is “the pearl of the Mediterranean” . It consumes visitors with its beauty, history, warmth of its people and vibrancy of its (...)

Domenico Rancadore (right) covers his face as he leaves after an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London last month. Photograph: Reuters

London police said today they had re-arrested a fugitive Sicilian mafioso who last month won a legal fight against extradition to Italy from Br(...)

Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini with two recovered paintings, by Paul Gauguin (work on left) and Pierre Bonnard, at a news conference in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Giovanni Nicolo has every reason to believe that 40 years ago he landed the bargain of a lifetime at a lost property auction in Turin’s Porta N(...)