ROME - Embattled mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino resigned Thursday after Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party withdrew its support from him.

 Marino had been struggling to stay in office since Pope Francis practically disowned him and the mayor became embroiled in an expenses row over his use of a city credit card to pay for lavish dinners and his endless foreign travel.

8 Oct 2015
Desmond O'Grady

  Roberto Saviano hit the jackpot with his first book Gomorrah, an exposure of the  Neapolitan Mafia, the Camorra. I admired it although regretting the fictional elements in a non-fictional narrative.

29 Sep 2015

  PIGNETO – While students are chatting over a beer in bar Necci, down the road, tourists gaze at a mural of a stern looking man. In the main street, in the Vecchia Cantina, aluminium wine barrels carry black-and-white photographs of a movie director and his assistant. The Pigneto is selling Pasolini by the pound. All credit cards accepted.

6 Oct 2015


  ROME — An Australian tourist is in a critical condition at the Policlinico Umberto I hospital, having crashed through the window of a hotel overlooking the Piazza della Repubblica. 

5 Oct 2015
Michael Mewshaw


  The Rise and Fall from Cosa Nostra to Bunga Bunga

1 Oct 2015
asia colombo

  MILAN -- Chris Greenhalgh, man of letters, acclaimed poet and author of the novel Coco and Igor, this month became the new Principal at The British School of Milan.

30 Sep 2015
Isabel Sawkins


  ROME — Pope Francis has expressed rare public irritation with the flamboyant Mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, saying “I didn’t invite Marino, okay” on his recent trip to the United States. 

29 Sep 2015