In Sicily’s port city of Catania, an alarm went off inside the scientific research centre, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). A large wall covered with dozens of screens showed a tapestry of charts, figures, maps and live video streams, but it was one particular screen which drew the scientists’ attention. “An earthquake,...

Italians could be encouraged to leave cities and move to abandoned villages to lessen the risk of future pandemics. Some of the country’s best-known architects are among those urging policymakers to incentivise an exodus to the nation’s numerous ghost towns, according to AFP. Italy, which as of May 7 had the second highest Covid-19 death rate in Eu...

Airlines in Italy have not stopped operations since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the number of flights has dropped by around 90%, with many airports closing down. Airlines have continued to operate mostly the business routes, bringing those who had to travel for work to Europe’s main destinations, transporting medical material and br...

“Viaggio in Italia – per un’estate italiana” è la nuova campagna promossa dal Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali e per il Turismo in collaborazione con l’Enit, il Touring Club Italiano e l’Associazione dei Borghi più belli d’Italia in vista della più ampia attività di promozione istituzionale di questa prossima stagione estiva. Un avvicin...

Italy's premier Giuseppe Conte told newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano on 6 May that Italians would be able to go on holiday this summer as the coronavirus emergency will be increasingly under control. "Perhaps with more caution than before, but we will go to the sea, to the mountains, to the hills" - Conte told ll Fatto Quotidiano - "It would be nice,...

In Italy’s normally bustling cliffside village of Positano, Carla and Antonio Sersale, owners of the renowned five-star hotel Le Sirenuse, would typically be gearing up for a summer of entertaining international tourists—not to mention friends and family, including their two sons, who currently reside in Miami. Instead they predict a season in whic...

Walking through Rome and suddenly stepping onto Piazza della Rotonda to see the Pantheon in all its ancient glory is an unforgettable experience. First, you will note the domed ceiling, then the columns, and near the top of the Pantheon you will see some old writing. There is some complex history around the Latin words on the monument but they are...

Normally at this time of year, the Italian seaside beach town of Sperlonga would have been bustling with its first clients of the season. Restaurants would have been fully open and its golden beaches, although still too chilly for Italians, populated by northern Europeans eager for some warmth after a long, dark winter. Instead, the beach is almost...

The Arch of Septimius Severus - one of ancient Rome's most recognised monuments - is to undergo a programme of restoration and maintenance works in September. The news was announced by the Parco archeologico del Colosseo which, in addition to the Colosseum, incorporates the Palatine Hill, Domus Aurea and the Roman Forum which is home to the triumph...

I write from Lake Como. There are worse places to be during a Coronavirus Lockdown. The Romans called the lake ‘Larius’, an ancient Etruscan word meaning ‘the best’. The Romans rarely got things wrong. It has subsequently inspired the greatest artists of the world and caused the English poet Shelley to write, “This lake surpasses in beauty anything...