Rebecca Ann Hughes, EUobserver

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Past articles by Rebecca:

[Feature] Italy on edge as neo-fascists stir violence

Neo-fascist groups are planning new protests in Rome after last weekend's riots, in a heady climate in which the pandemic and immigration have fuelled extremist feeling. → Read More

Comic Book Artists Join The Masters In Italy's Prestigious Uffizi Gallery

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence has announced that self-portraits from Italian comic book artists are soon to enter its hallowed walls. → Read More

Why Did A Giant Violin Sail Through Venice This Weekend?

On Saturday, an oversized wooden violin floated down Venice's canals in a message of revival and hope for the city's artistic industries. → Read More

Bubble Trouble: Italy’s Prosecco Producers Outraged Over Protection For Croatian Prosek

Italy has expressed anger at a recent European Commission decision to consider an application by Croatia for protected status for their Prosek wine. → Read More

Finding Laid-Back Luxury On Italy’s Lake Como

The pretty medieval town of Bellagio is thronged with visitors promenading leisurely before the lake edge or sipping cocktails at street-side tables. → Read More

A View On Venice: Chaos Returns To The Canal City

After months of surreal tranquility amid coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions, overtourism seems to have come back with a vengeance this summer. → Read More

Why This Prosecco Producer Has Removed The Wine’s Name From Its Labels

Italian prosecco producers Duca di Dolle have chosen to remove the wine's name from many of their labels in a bid to prevent their product from being lumped under the now mundane umbrella term. → Read More

Italy: One person dies, one baby born at illegal six-day rave

An illegal rave in Italy lasted six days and turned into complete chaos, while the police was unable to end the party. → Read More

Italy Heats Up For Height Of Summer Holiday

The country is gearing up for the peak summer Ferragosto holiday on August 15th, just as record temperatures are set to hit. → Read More

Italian Futurist’s Extraordinary House Opens To Public In Rome

The home of Italian Futurist Giacomo Balla is set to open its doors for the first time to the public this month. → Read More

This Italian Region Is Enticing Tourists With Free Extra Nights

Italy’s Lazio region, home to the capital Rome, is hoping to lure back much-needed tourism by extending visitors’ stay for free. → Read More

Italy’s Cash-Strapped St Mark’s Basilica To Stop Free Visits

The 900-year-old Byzantine cathedral has been battered by harsh flooding in recent years and is in dire need of funds. → Read More

Two Photos That Became Symbols Of Italy's Dual Covid Crisis

Two photos, shared millions of times on social media and throughout international news channels, have become emblematic of the two faces of Italy’s COVID-19 battle. → Read More

Life In The Red Zone As Italy Returns To Coronavirus Lockdown

The latest governmental restrictions see 11 regions classed as red zones and the rest as orange with the exception of Sardinia, which remains white. → Read More

Pompeii’s New Director Brings Innovation To Italy’s Archeological Treasure

Italy’s major archeological site, Pompeii, is soon to be under the supervision of German-born archeologist Gabriel Zuchtriegel. → Read More

Could Remote Working Revive Italy's Dying Villages?

Italy’s small towns and villages have been hemorrhaging residents for decades as dire job opportunities have pushed inhabitants to move to cities or even abroad. The boom in working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, could mean a reversal of this trend. → Read More

Celebrate Italy’s Year Of Dante With Fantastic Free Online Resources

To mark 700 years since the death of medieval poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, Italy is celebrating throughout 2021 with a vast program including free and online resources. → Read More

Stolen Salvator Mundi Painting Of Leonardo School Discovered In Naples

Italian police are investigating a possible commissioned art theft after they recovered a priceless painting of the Leonardo da Vinci school, which had been stolen from the Basilica of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples. → Read More

A Cultural Betrayal By Venice’s Mayor Leaves Residents Furious

Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro has made the controversial decision to close the city's museums until April, infuriating local residents. → Read More

What Links Italy’s Nativity Scenes With Pizza, Darth Vader And Maradona?

Key to Italy's Christmas decorations, nativity scenes this year have been inspiring awe as well as controversy. → Read More