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The high-security 1,000-capacity courtroom built by Italian authorities in the Calabrian city of Lamezia Terme. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s largest mafia trial in three decades begins on Wednesday, with 900 witnesses testifying against more than 350 people, including politicians an(...)

The town of  Lamezia Terme in Calabria, southern Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

To the casual observer it was just another Facebook page dispensing inspirational messages – and the occasional threat – to its 18,000 followers. In f(...)

Crime and fashion have often gone hand in hand, in real life and on the silver screen. Michelle Pfeiffer (Elvira Hancock) and Al Pacino (Scareface) in the movie Scarface. His white suits and silk shirts, complemented by her pristine tailoring semaphore the wealth and status generated by his drug empire.

As consumers, we know that multiple influences shape fashion and the clothes we wear – nostalgia, films, street trends, music and politics are the mos(...)

Tucci with Meryl Streep in a scene from Julie & Julia, a film about the life of the American cookery writer Julia Child.

The actor and director Stanley Tucci is to write a food memoir to be published next summer. The deal was done by his literary agent wife, Felicity Blu(...)

The Locri  hospital in southern Italy, where patients are often sent elsewhere for lack of doctors, the elevators are endlessly in disrepair and the CT scan works one day, but not the next. Infiltration by the mafia, major doctor shortages, and a regional health agency hundreds of millions of euro in debt were some of the challenges the hospital confronted in 2019 – before coronavirus. Photograph:  Gianluca Chininea/AFP via Getty Images

The body of his son was barely cold when the ­grieving father was threatened by men from the funeral company. Inside the mortuary of an austere hospit(...)

Emanuele Visigalli, who was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus and later discharged, sits surrounded by his family at home in Codogno, Italy. Photograph: Fabio Bucciarelli/The New York Times

When her middle-aged son got sick, Ruffina Pompei did what she had done for decades, bringing vegetable soup and freshly squeezed orange juice to his (...)

Roberto Mungo’s spicy meatballs

To me there is no greater comfort food in the world than my mamma’s polpette (meatballs), especially now, when I am living so far away from home. In C(...)

A man, pulling a trolley filled with bottles of water, crosses a deserted street on in Milan, Italy on Thursday. Photograph: Emanuele Cremaschi/Getty Images)

Ireland is taking measures to combat spread of coronavirus disease, also known as Covid-19, announcing shutdowns today, but Italy has been worst hit&n(...)

The leader of Italy’s far-right Lega party, Matteo Salvini. File photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

The Italian coalition which took office in 2018, bringing together Luigi Di Maio’s populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and Matteo Salvini’s far-right Le(...)

Composite image: Irish Times Premedia Department
How the Mafia got to our food

Giuseppe Antoci had been warned more than once. “You will end with your throat cut,” read one note, composed entirely of individual letters clipped fr(...)

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