Matteo Renzi, then Democratic Party (PD) leader, waves during the party’s final rally, in Florence, ahead of the March 4th general election. Photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Matteo Renzi had remained conspicuously silent in the immediate aftermath of the bruising election defeat that populist rivals inflicted on his centre(...)

Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni talks to reporters after receiving a mandate to  form a new government. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy’s head of state, president Sergio Mattarella has asked outgoing foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni to become prime minister of a new government. (...)

Investors are fretting in wake of Italian PM Matteo Renzi’s imminent exit. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy’s Matteo Renzi will remain as prime minister until the country’s 2017 budget has been approved, as the political and economic ramifications of S(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right) arrives by car at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome to meet  President Sergio Mattarella and formally offer his resignation following a crushing referendum defeat,  December 5th, 2016. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italian state president Sergio Mattarella has called on Matteo Renzi to delay his formal resignation as prime minister until next Friday, as the count(...)

Supporters of a “No” vote in the constitutional referendum in Italy rally  near the Palazzo Chigi  after the end of the vote in Rome. Exit polls suggested  voters on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected constitutional reform proposals on which prime minister Matteo Renzi has staked his political future.  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is to resign in the wake of an emphatic loss in Sunday’s constitutional reform referendum. Speaking just 90 minut(...)

Vincent Van Gogh painted View of the Sea at Scheveningen in 1882

Two Vincent van Gogh paintings that were stolen from a museum in Amsterdam more than a decade ago have been recovered by Italian law enforcement autho(...)

Protesters flip over a car during a rally against Expo 2015 in Milan. Photograph: Reuters

A senior Italian politician has vowed that “a couple of hundred violent thugs” would not ruin the Milan Expo, a global fair the government had hoped w(...)

Get away at home If you want a little pre-Christmas detox, the Cliff House Hotel ( in Ardmore, Co Waterford is runnin(...)

Paolo Sorrentino’s film ‘La Grande Bellezza’ has won an Oscar at the very moment Rome is teetering on the brink of a Detroit-style bankruptcy.

The irony of the moment was so strong that even newly appointed arts minister Dario Franceschini could not resist. In a tweet to celebrate the (...)