The mayor of the town of L’Aquila, Massimo Cialente, speaks on his mobile phone as he checks the damage after the strong earthquake hit  central Italy. Photograph: Alberto Orsini/EPA

On the morning the clocks went back, your correspondent was asleep, enjoying the extra hour, when we were rudely awakened at 7.41am. There was the (...)

Old country: Trevignanesi assemble to put the world to rights, at sunset by Lake Bracciano. Photograph: Paddy Agnew

Recently I had the pleasure of watching, via a cinema link-up in Rome, Covent Garden’s current version of Cavalleria Rusticana. While enjoying its sp(...)