A view of Palermo. “Cimarosa officially became the black sheep of the family last month when he publicly denounced Cosa Nostra. He did so, too, on a national stage, speaking in Palermo to the Sicilian ‘Leopolda’, a sort of Democratic Party brains trust”. Photograph: Getty Images

As reporters in Italy, we have all long since learned to understand the term, “Mafia victim”. Usually, we are talking about those brave local politici(...)

The finds (pictured) follow the discovery last year of part of a 20ft rudder from one of the vessels on the beach. Photograph: Ciaran McHugh Photography

  Fears have been expressed for the security of the three Spanish Armada shipwrecks off the coast of Co Sligo, following the discovery of (...)

Tee-up in Taormina, Sicily
  • Travel
  • 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(...)

 Valencia  announced they have reached an agreement to sign striker Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City with a clause making the deal permanent at the end of the season.  Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

ArsenalPlayers in: Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton,(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

 Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Iturraspe (left) has been included in extended 30-man Spanish squad for World Cup in Brazil. Photograph:  Vincent West/Reuters

Uncapped Dani Carvajal and Ander Iturraspe were named in Spain’s provisional World Cup squad today.Coach Vicente del Bosque opted for plenty of youth (...)

Milan judges have ordered Mr Berlusconi to do at least four hours per week of community service, in the wake of a four year (reduced to one) sentence last year for tax fraud on the part of his Mediaset TV company. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrived 15 minutes early this morning for his community service appointment at the Sacra Famiglia old (...)

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(...)

Tom Finney, who has died aged 91, was perhaps the most complete British footballer of all time, yet he failed to win a single major honour for (...)