Italy

The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Let’s face it. Whatever Pope Francis actually means when his head is in the clouds during those in-flight press conferences…

Pippa Middleton on wine, fishing and Kim Kardashian

13 December 2014 9:00 am

A few days ago I went truffle hunting in Piedmont. It’s been a bumper year for white truffles in northern…

Spectator letters: Richard Ingrams defends Joan Littlewood, and the truth about Napoleon’s poisonous wallpaper

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The state of Italy… Sir: Ambassador Terracciano’s letter (Letters, 1 November) about Nicholas Farrell’s article (‘The dying man of Europe’,…

The shameful truth: Britain lets in far too few refugees

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Pictures from Calais have returned to our television screens, showing desperate men and women trying to break into lorries bound…

Letters: In defence of Italy, and the rise and fall of the military moustache

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Italy’s to-do list Sir: You would expect a long letter of rebuttal by a piqued senior diplomat in response to…

How Italy failed the stress test (and Emilio Botín didn’t)

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Continuing last week’s theme, it was the Italian banks — with nine fails, four still requiring capital injections — that…

The one economic indicator that never stops rising: meet the Negroni Index

25 October 2014 9:00 am

This dispatch comes to you from Venice — where I arrived at sunset on the Orient Express. More of that…

Italy’s in terminal decline, and no one has the guts to stop it

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Rome   The Rome Opera House sacked its entire orchestra and chorus the other day. Financed and managed by the…

Prue Leith’s diary: I want to be green, but I’ve got some flights to take first...

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Please God, make me good, but not yet.’ I know the feeling. As I get older and more deeply retired,…

Ezra Pound in the early 1920s

Ezra Pound – the fascist years

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘There are the Alps. What is there to say about them?/ They don’t make sense. Fatal glaciers, crags cranks climb,…

Italy is killing refugees with kindness

6 September 2014 9:00 am

The next time you eat a fish from the Mediterranean, just remember that it may well have eaten a corpse.…

‘Self-portrait’, c.1513, by Leonardo da Vinci

Pizza, choc-ice and Leonardos – the treasures of Turin

6 September 2014 9:00 am

To most non-Italians Turin spells Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Fiat). But this subalpine city has a longer history than the…

The Italians are disgusted with our holidaymakers

23 August 2014 9:00 am

As the holidays draw to a close, Italian newspapers have been reporting with perplexity and distaste on the outlandish behaviour…

‘Llyn Cau, Cader Idris’, 1765–67, by Richard Wilson

How Richard Wilson made Wales beautiful

16 August 2014 9:00 am

‘I recollect nothing so much as a solemn — bright — warm — fresh landscape by Wilson, which swims in…

If you want real stress, move to the country

9 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s much more stressful to live in the country than in a town. There are always threats of one kind…

Brave, noble, forgotten – the other side of Italy's second world war

28 June 2014 9:00 am

At the time of the armistice of September 1943, when the kingdom of Italy formally transferred its allegiance from the…

Harry’s Bar, where a slice of cake costs €32 – and is worth it

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Harry’s Bar is a dull pale box. This is remarkable in Venice, which is a hospice for dying palaces, held…

Della Francesca’s ‘Resurrection’

The mathematical revolution behind ‘the greatest picture in the world’

19 April 2014 9:00 am

It seems odd to enter a room dominated by what Aldous Huxley famously called ‘the greatest picture in the world’…

Clarissa Tan's Notebook: Why I stopped drinking petrol

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Florence was in fog the day I arrived. Its buildings were bathed in white cloud, its people moved as though…

Christmas past in Spectator letters

14 December 2013 9:00 am

This is a selection of seasonal letters from The Spectator’s 185-year archive, now online at archive.spectator.co.uk. The emblem to the…

Alexander Chancellor: I don’t like traffic jams or lager louts but that doesn’t mean I hate Britain

12 October 2013 9:00 am

The Italians are often thought of as being unpatriotic, and one can see why. They relentlessly denigrate their national institutions,…

Italians for Maggie

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Now that the forces of evil have transformed Silvio Berlusconi into a condemned man, there remains just one person on…

Letters: James Whitaker’s widow answers Toby Young

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Absent friends Sir: Alec Marsh (‘Welcome to Big Venice’, 10 August) accurately observes that Londoners are priced out of central…

How can you be racist and Italian? Quite easily, it seems

17 August 2013 9:00 am

The Italian shop assistant accused by Oprah Winfrey of showing racial prejudice towards her in a shop in Zurich has…

Attack of the nudist lawyers

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Carla, my Italian wife, has a small house in a little town on the Adriatic near Ravenna called Lido di…