Emergency service personnel in Catania join a ceremony as mayors across Italy stand in silence on Tuesday to honour the country’s dead from the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

At the start of Italy’s national lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, videos circulated online of entire streets singing together in solidarity(...)

Leoluca Orlando, the mayor of Palermo,  Sicily, points at a Palermo flag he has gifted the Alan Kurdi rescue ship. ‘I think what happens in Libya is a shame for the Italian government, it’s a shame for the European Union, it’s a shame for all European states.’ Photograph: Sally Hayden

As the Alan Kurdi rescue ship drew away from port in Palermo, Sicily, the city’s mayor waved a vigorous goodbye. “This is your home,” Leoluca Orlando (...)

People attend the inauguration of the Alan Kurdi rescue ship in Palma de Mallorca. File photograph: Jaime Reina/AFP via Getty Images

Palermo, Italy At the end of a long dock, past large container ships, cranes and warehouses, and framed by the twinkling lights of Palermo across the(...)