Donald Trump and Viktor Orban in the White House this week. The encounter was largely framed as a meeting of ideological allies but the agenda is likely to have been dominated by questions that put them at loggerheads. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

For more than 20 years, Viktor Orban was shut out of the White House. His last visit was in 1998, deep into Clinton’s second term, when the Hungarian (...)

New regulations may simply play into the hands of larger wine producers and multiple retailers who ship in huge quantities. Photograph: iStock

Most of the really interesting wines are made by small producers, usually a family business with two or three employees. Typically, they grow their ow(...)

Trentino on the northern part of Lake Garda.

I’m hazarding a bet that any member of our country’s police force who goes to northern Italy for a holiday buys a few branded souvenirs. Riva del Gard(...)

Silvio Berlusconi on a TV show in November 2017:. Berlusconi is unapologetically old media. But that might just still work in a country where more than 20 per cent of the population is 65 or older. Photograph:  Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi checked the puffiness of the pillow on his seat as he settled in for another comfortable interview on another of the Italian televis(...)

Resorts such as Aime La Plagne Club Med in France offers kids’ clubs and activities such as sledding to keep little ones amused. Photograph: Getty Images

Best for friends St Anton, Austria St Anton is famed for its snow conditions, off-piste, night skiing and its après scene. Skiing here can be challe(...)

President of Lombardy Roberto Maroni discusses the voting system in the region’s autonomy referendum with Forza Italia leader and former prime minister   Silvio Berlusconi in Milan on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Two of Italy’s richest regions are holding referendums on greater autonomy on Sunday, in the latest push by European regions to wrest more power from (...)

Philip Deignan is part of a nine-man Team Sky squad in the Giro d’Italia. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images

Irish cycling will have two representatives in the 2016 Giro d’Italia, with Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan part of a nine-man Team Sky squad in the (...)

British soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front during the first World War. Italy famously changed sides in 1915, entering the war on the side of Britain, France and Russia. Photograph: Reuters

If I were to ask you to name a patriot executed in 1916 by a colonial power for his nationalist beliefs, you might think of Pádraig Pearse, Joseph (...)

Modern faculty buliding in Trento university

If you know Italy at all, you will know that the Italian university system does not always enjoy a good press. At best, the average Italian student’s (...)

T he old man rang me at eleven o’clock last Monday morning and – get this – asked me where I was.“I’m in bed,” I went. “Have you seen the time? What a(...)

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