Italo Calvino’s imagination spanned the cosmos but his concerns were very human

Geopolitical challenges produce impressive art

Rainy beaches and protests in Venice, and dance and sunshine in the South Downs as Britain and Italy trade places

Why Berlusconi was loved in spite of everything

Help is needed to secure a Franciscan miracle

For centuries, the Po has been the lifeblood of Northern Italy

Dark clouds gather over the European financial landscape

It’s a bit much to go to dinner at a luxury ski resort and find oneself inadvertently appearing in Fawlty Towers with zombies

Almost everything in Mestre is recent; everything is decayed

Henry Jeffreys enjoys the heady pleasure of fine marsala