Admit it – Italian food is rubbish

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Every year I’m summoned to a gathering which I strive to avoid. My first cousin, who loves a boozy party,…

Giorgia Meloni’s opponents are becoming hysterical

4 May 2024 4:00 pm

Like drowning men clutching at straws, Giorgia Meloni’s opponents are trying ever more hopelessly to justify their claim that she is a…

My life of genteel poverty

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Every year at the beginning of April, I tell myself I must top up my Isa before the 5 April…

Under the Italian sun, the insects are stirring

6 April 2024 9:00 am

The sun was setting on the first day of spring and I felt unusually happy as I fed the donkey.…

Dangerous secrets: Verdigris, by Michele Mari, reviewed

20 January 2024 9:00 am

A lonely teenager on holiday in Italy befriends his grandparents’ elderly gardener and slowly coaxes out his painful memories of betrayals and reprisals during the war

Politicians can’t win on illegal migration

23 September 2023 9:00 am

It is eight years now since The Spectator sent me to Lampedusa to see the boats coming in. That was…

You have to be truly incompetent to eat badly in Paris

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Paris has enough great restaurants to maintain its claim to be the world capital of gastronomy. That said, Parisian residents…

A perfect slice of Calabria

9 September 2023 9:00 am

The Romans wrote the history, or at least the myths. But long before Romulus murdered Remus, the Mediterranean – the…

Cosa Nostra notebook

2 September 2023 9:00 am

Italy is under attack from a killer crab

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Italy is under attack from a foreign crab

Where to drink Tuscany’s finest summer tipples

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Some subjects invite an eternal recurrence. One such is Tuscany. The other day, I wrote about that glorious region: its…

What’s so super about Super Tuscans?

1 July 2023 9:00 am

In Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the hopes embodied in the title dissolve into grimness and black irony. It was all…

Tuscan chiaroscuro

17 June 2023 9:00 am

A trio of formidable British women are enjoying peaceful retirement in Italy – until their idyll is disrupted by a series of unforeseen events

An eye for the absurd

13 May 2023 9:00 am

Come for the satire, stay for the one-liners, and take succour from the hope Walter finds in a world where everyone needs an angel from time to time

Georgia Meloni’s first 100 days have proved her critics wrong

5 February 2023 11:00 pm

Macho Italy’s first woman prime minister Giorgia Meloni has now governed for 100 days and I cannot help but notice…

Portrait of the week: Chancellor unveils his unBudget, Hilary Mantel dies and corgi prices soar

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Home Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, presented a far-reaching ‘fiscal event’ (ineligible to be called a Budget), said…

Giorgia Meloni can’t afford to fight the EU

27 September 2022 10:25 pm

Ravenna, Italy The victory of Giorgia Meloni in Italy with ahuge majority of seats in parliament has prompted the expected…

Will Meloni be able to govern Italy?

26 September 2022 8:10 pm

Mario Draghi’s national unity government lost badly in yesterday’s Italian election – worse even than the polls predicted. Fratelli d’Italia,…

Second chances: The Marble Staircase, by Elizabeth Fair, reviewed

3 September 2022 9:00 am

To reject ‘in rainy middle age the poignant emotions that belonged to youth and Italy’ is the lesson learned by…

Pre-Mussolini, most Italians couldn’t understand each other

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Towards the end of Dandelions, Thea Lenarduzzi’s imaginative and deeply affecting memoir, the author quotes her grandmother’s remark that there…