Nicholas Farrell


Welcome to Italy: this is what a real immigration crisis looks like

20 June 2015 9:00 am

More than 50,000 boat people have arrived already this year, with many more expected

Nicole Minetti (with statutory sunglasses) in Milan in 2011. The bunga-bunga girl, catapulted into politics by Berlusconi, was accused of aiding and abetting prostitution and submitting fraudulent expenses

Italy on the brink: the dolce vita turns sour

7 February 2015 9:00 am

Like so many Britons who chased the dream and woke up in Italy I have contemplated writing a book about…


The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Why I’m glad to have five children, with a sixth on the way


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

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Italy is in terminal decline


Libya's boat people, and Italy's tragic folly

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


Does Nigel Farage really know who he's allying with?

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Has the Ukip leader seen Beppe Grillo’s website?

Thatcher in Venice

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

Shocked By Nudity

Attack of the nudist lawyers

10 August 2013 9:00 am

How a little bird saved my favourite beach


In defence of Silvio Berlusconi

29 June 2013 9:00 am

The Bunga Bunga trial has shown that something is irredeemably rotten in Italy – but it isn’t the former prime minister


Beppe Grillo: Italy's new Mussolini

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Beppe Grillo has much in common with Mussolini


Berlusconi bounces back

21 July 2012 6:00 am

Like him or loathe him, it’s clear that no one else can run Italy

Ship of fools

21 January 2012 1:00 pm

The Italian crew of the Costa Concordia may have been sloppy, but big passenger vessels always feel dangerous to me


Arrivederci il Magnifico

12 November 2011 6:00 pm

Berlusconi is the only person who could have sorted out Italy’s problems


13 September 2003 12:00 am

Why being called mad by Berlusconi is not necessarily an insult