Italy

Italy is killing refugees with kindness

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Italy’s decriminalising of illegal immigration has acted as a green light to boat people, and the journey is a deadly one

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

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

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne enjoys a grand tour of Italy’s former capital city

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

The Indian inspiration with which Piero della Francesca created ‘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

The Circolo Culturale Margaret Thatcher, which wants to institute an Anglo-Saxon Tory party in Italy, has a plan

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

How a little bird saved my favourite beach

Dear Mary: How can I tell her that her table manners are disgusting?

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Q. My mainly male colleagues and I were happy to learn that an attractive young woman would be joining the…

Melissa Kite is punished for ignoring the Madonna of the sea

3 August 2013 9:00 am

‘Benvenuti alla Small Cluster Band!’ And about time, too. We had been sitting in the Castello in Castellabate for half…

Will Melissa Kite’s former Italian waiter boyfriend stir up trouble again?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Piccolo problemo.’ Luigi, the hotel manager, delivered the fateful news as he served me my first lemon soda of the…