Pope treats homeless to new sleeping bags

2014-12-18 18:30

Pope Francis has marked his 78th birthday by ordering the distribution of hundreds of sleeping bags to homeless people in Rome, Vatican officials say.

Ferrari chops Fry after '14 F1 failure

2014-12-17 09:23

Chief designer Nikolas Tombazis and engineering director Pat Fry have become the latest victims in the post-2014 disaster purge - now tech director James Allison is top dog.

Vatican to open pope's farm to public

2014-12-16 19:40

Pope Francis is opening the doors to his farm at the papal summer residence that produces the dairy, meat and vegetables for the pope and his staff.

Concordia skipper: 30 seconds from avoiding disaster

2014-12-13 22:04

The Italian ex-captain of the doomed Costa Concordia has claimed at his manslaughter trial that "with 30 more seconds" - and warning from his crew - the cruise ship's deadly crash could have been averted.

Ducati Scrambler build starts in Bologna

2014-12-03 10:01

A yellow container is a feature of Ducati launches - and it returned to the Bologna factory recently to greet the first of the new Ducati Scambler bikes to come off the lines.

Concordia skipper gets day in court

2014-12-02 16:10

Francesco Schettino, the captain accused of causing the 2012 Costa Concordia disaster, has appeared in court.

Vettel completes first Ferrari test

2014-12-01 12:03

Former Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has kicked off his Ferrari career in high spirits with a special helmet to mark his test debut at Maranello.

Italian doctor with Ebola arrives in Rome

2014-11-25 14:15

An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has arrived in Rome, where he will receive specialist treatment, reports say.

Tourist fined €20 000 for defacing Colosseum

2014-11-22 22:06

A Russian tourist caught red-handed trying to carve his initials on a wall of Rome's Colosseum has been ordered to pay a fine of €20 000, a report says.

Call to strike over Italy economic policies

2014-11-19 15:05

Two of Italy's biggest unions plan to stage a one-day strike to protest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's labour and economic policies.

2015 Pirelli calendar - see the girls!

2014-11-19 09:48

The 42nd edition of the Pirelli calendar has been revealed with a focus "on the absolute centrality of women back in its most classic format". Check out some of the calender girls!

Island wants €220m for Italy cruise disaster

2014-11-18 08:29

Officials for Italy's Tuscany region and the island of Giglio say they will seek €220m in damages from Costa Cruises for the 2012 Concordia cruise liner disaster.

Italy boat migrants top 2 200 in one weekend

2014-11-16 22:29

The Italian navy has picked up more than 2 200 migrants from the Mediterranean in a blow to hopes that the ending of its naval search-and-rescue mission would stem the flow of refugees.

Confession wins homeless right to papal showers

2014-11-13 22:35

Pope Francis has ordered the installation of showers for the homeless just next to St Peter's square after a street dweller declared himself too smelly to eat with a bishop.

Italy couple can't keep child born to surrogate mom - court

2014-11-12 17:14

Italy’s supreme court has ruled that a baby born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine cannot be kept by the Italian couple who paid for it and must be put up for adoption, reports say.

Italy's holy wine falls prey to weather

2014-11-07 05:05

Vin Santo, the celebrated Italian dessert wine from Tuscany, could be in scarce supply after one of Tuscany's biggest producers revealed it will not be making any in 2014.

Ex-Ferrari chairman flying to Alitalia

2014-11-06 13:41

Ex-Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo has, er, landed a new job, apparently. As chairman of Italian airline Alitalia - so he can still claim to be a high-flier...

Ducati 2015 world premières in Milan

2014-11-05 09:07

Three new Ducati models will take centre stage in Milan this week at the three-day Eicma World Motorcycle Fair which will open on November 9. Meet the three new bikes...

Italy wants swift end to bank problems

2014-11-03 13:26

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and Carige are working on a solution to the problems laid bare by European Central Bank stress tests.

EU's Triton rescues migrants

2014-11-01 21:51

More than 200 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean on the first day of a new sea patrol mission run by the European Union.

Italian sex abuse priest hangs himself in sacristy

2014-10-29 14:34

An Italian priest who admitted to sexually abusing a young teenage girl has hanged himself in the sacristy – the cleric’s changing room in his church - the diocese of Santa Croce in northern Italy says.

Italy sends S&P, Fitch officials to trial

2014-10-29 10:15

An Italian court has indicted officials from ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch over accusations of market manipulation.

SA team found Rok a hard place

2014-10-28 08:23

South African team of Rok karters put up a brave fight at the World Rok Championship in Italy, but it wasn't enough to secure any wins.

Nero's buried golden palace to open

2014-10-27 15:54

The golden palace that the Emperor Nero built as a monument to himself after half of ancient Rome was consumed by fire is reopening to the public even though its renovation isn't finished yet.


Tango treat for birthday boy Pope Francis

2014-12-17 16:24

Hundreds of couples have performed a tango on St Peter's square in a birthday treat for Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, the birthplace of the celebrated sultry dance.

Gutierrez named as Ferrari test driver

2014-12-17 08:36

Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez has found himself a new home at Maranello. Ferrari has named the youngster as a test and reserve driver for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Pope: Try joy ahead of Christmas

2014-12-14 22:13

Pope Francis is encouraging people to be joyful, saying, "We've never heard of a sad saint."

Italian unions strike against reforms

2014-12-12 13:15

Two major Italian unions have organised a nationwide strike, the latest in a series of protests against their prime minister's plans to overhaul labour laws.

Concordia skipper claims he may have saved lives

2014-12-03 18:20

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino claims his decision to delay evacuation of the stricken cruise ship could have saved lives.

Concordia captain: Stupid mistake led to shipwreck

2014-12-02 20:19

The Costa Concordia cruise liner was shipwrecked almost three years ago as a result of a "stupid mistake", captain Francesco Schettino has said.

Asian high prices force firms to go home

2014-12-01 18:03

After years of moving production to Asia, some European companies are following the example of their US counterparts.

Ferrari: Seb not seeking instant glory

2014-11-28 08:50

'We don't have to pretend that we can match Mercedes,' said Sebastian Vettel who joins Ferrari in 2015.

Bellissimo! We drive new SA-bound 500X

2014-11-24 07:22

Fiat's morphed its little 500 into a rugged, stylish crossover - the 500X. Wheels24's SERGIO DAVIDS went to Italy to drive the car on Fiat's proving ground and says Fiat's gone wild!

Weary Italy vents its rage in spate of strikes

2014-11-20 09:45

People worn down by years of economic stagnation and austerity are suddenly giving vent to their frustrations with a spate of strikes and spontaneous protests.

Immigrant hospitality boosts Sicily economy

2014-11-19 09:50

Asylum seekers arriving by the thousands in recession-hit Sicily are boosting the local economy as hotels transform into immigrant centres.

Rome police film secret initiation ritual

2014-11-18 23:04

The Italian authorities say they have managed to film an initiation rite into the higher echelons of one of the world's biggest organised crime organisations.

Italy under pressure over Roma camps

2014-11-17 10:59

As beetles scurry across the cracked and worn floor in the "Best House Rom", it is not hard to see why Italy has got into trouble with the EU over its treatment of ethnic Roma.

Italian freed in Libya 8 months after kidnapping

2014-11-16 19:12

Italy's foreign ministry says an Italian engineer who was abducted in Libya in March has been freed.

Italy central bank warns of inflation threat

2014-11-13 16:21

A prolonged period of consumer price stagnation would significantly impair Italy's hopes of lowering its huge public debt, the Bank of Italy has warned.

Fantinel's Prosecco bubbles in SA wine industry

2014-11-10 16:36

Of Fantinel’s range of wines available in South Africa, its Prosecco - an Italian sparkling white wine - is the fastest-seller.

Rome shuts down as ‘exceptional’ rains descend

2014-11-06 16:17

Rome's landmark monuments, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum are closed along with all schools, as authorities are expecting major disruptions from 'exceptional' rainstorms.

Italy's MP bank to unveil rescue plan

2014-11-05 19:05

The board of Monte dei Paschi di Siena aims to unveil a plan to shore up its finances.

Costa Concordia gives up last victim

2014-11-03 16:33

The remains of Russel Rebello, the last missing victim of the Costa Concordia shipwreck, have been found during dismantling operations.

Minister: Rome's Colosseum floor should be restored

2014-11-03 07:33

Italy's culture minister has backed a proposal to rebuild the floor of Rome's Colosseum, allowing visitors to stand in the arena where gladiators once fought.

Fiat-Chrysler to spin-off Ferrari

2014-10-30 07:24

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spin-off Ferrari into a separate company, a decision that follows an awkward management transition that saw long-time Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo resign.

US soldiers' Ebola quarantine in Italy causes alarm

2014-10-29 13:45

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than the US has sparked controversy in Italy.

Italy's president questioned in state-mafia pact

2014-10-28 14:43

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is set to be questioned by judges overseeing a high-profile trial into an alleged 'non-aggression pact' between senior politicians, police chiefs and Mafia bosses.

US troops quarantined after West Africa stint

2014-10-27 22:32

US troops returning from West Africa are being placed under quarantine at a base in Italy as a precaution to prevent the potential spread of the Ebola virus, the Pentagon says.

Protesters march against Renzi labour reforms

2014-10-26 12:09

Demonstrators from across Italy filled the streets of Rome to protest against labour market reforms of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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