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(...)

Silvio Berlusconi sits in studio of the ‘Porta A Porta’ TV show while a portrait of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is displayed in the background. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images.

Strange but true, media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi remains politically alive and well. What is more, as things stand, he is guaranteed to have a major s(...)

Mario Draghi has dismissed speculation that he could leave Frankfurt and return to Rome as successor to departing Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano

ECB president Mario Draghi has hit out at the many German critics of his bank’s monetary policy and denied rumours he will depart Frankfurt to beco(...)

The only person to serve a second term  as Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano has been in the Quirinale Palace, the official presidential residence, for nine years. Photograph: Reuters

Italy may be headed for another period of political turbulence following the expected resignation today of President Giorgio Napolitano (89).Just befo(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The measure in question would exempt those convicted of tax crimes from punishment if the amount defrauded was less than 3 per cent of their total taxable income. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The coalition Italian government of Matteo Renzi was forced into an embarrassing retreat yesterday after it emerged that one article in recently propo(...)

Convicted Mafia boss Toto Riina’s lawyer Luca Cianferoni talks to reporters after leaving the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

In an unprecedented move, Italian president Giorgio Napolitano yesterday gave evidence in the high-profile, Palermo-based “Mafia-state” trial, a co(...)

 Pope Francis eating lunch   at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria in July 2014. Photograph: AP Photo/L’osservatore Romano

Around here, the times they are a changin’ . . . or are they? From Pope Francis through to current Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, there is ce(...)

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano. Photograph: EPA/Ciro Fusco

The European Network of Councils of the Justice has celebrated its 10th anniversary in Rome, where its president, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan, was recei(...)

Catholics wear 3D glasses as they watch the screening of the canonisation ceremony of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II at the Parish church in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXII, which is the hometown of John XXIII. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Pope Francis eschewed any form of “political” interpretation of the lives of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II at this morning’s canonisation se(...)

President Obama is accompanied by the technical director of the Colosseum, Barbara Nazzaro as he is given a tour yesterday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Perhaps it was because he had begun the day with a Mass for Italian politicians but there was(...)