One alcoholic drink a day raises risk of irregular heartbeat

Researchers examined heart health and drinking habits of 108,000 people aged 24 to 97 over 14 years Having one small alcoholic drink a day raises the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, a condition that causes dizziness and palpitations and leaves people more prone to strokes, a study has found. Researchers examined the heart health […]

Inside the outbreak: photographing England during Covid pandemic

Guardian photographer Chris Thomond lives in Manchester and spent most of the year under strict lockdown measures while travelling on assignment around the north of England’s coronavirus hotspots photographing life during the pandemic. He looks back on his year Early on during the pandemic I’d seen a short film from the Philippines and read an […]

Olive-stuffing and in-theatre piano: the brain surgeon breaking new ground

Italian Roberto Trignani is known for ‘awake surgery’ and other unorthodox methods Playing the violin, watching cartoons and doing crosswords: these are just some of the activities patients have performed while having brain surgery under Roberto Trignani. Trignani, the head of neurosurgery at Riuniti hospital in Ancona, Italy, was already known for his “awake surgery” […]

Pirate hunters of the Po: how locals sick of poachers decided to fight back

As night falls in Italy’s largest delta, volunteers board tiny boats to track down the elusive fish mafia plundering the waters During the day Denny Covezzi works in a fishing equipment shop and Andrea Mocchi at at a factory. But at sunset they don heavy grey uniforms and set out on their small boat to […]

10 of the best winter landscapes: readers’ travel tips

Clear light, bare trees and solitude make for memorable winter experiences, as our tipsters found from Northern Ireland to northern Italy My favourite winter landscape is the woodland at Mugdock country park north of Glasgow. I’d recommend April to see the bluebells lit up by the sun and autumn to see red deer tiptoeing through […]

Back to basics: how social workers returned to their roots during Covid

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of working with neighbourhoods as social work rediscovered traditional methods Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage When lockdown was imposed in northern Italy this spring, travel became impossible and older people in remote villages were starved of money, food, medicine and support. Social workers in the […]

Joe Trivelli’s recipes for chickpea soup, guinea fowl, and chocolate pudding

A welcome taste of sunny Liguria to warm up chilly evenings I spent the summer lusting over the idea of going to Liguria, with trofie al pesto on the beach and bakery crawls for cheesy focaccia at the forefront of my mind. That these recipes have a faintly Ligurian accent shows that I’m not over […]

Between art & fashion: photographs from the collection of Carla Sozzani

Over more than 40 years, Carla Sozzani, the noted Italian editor, publisher and collector, assembled one of the country’s most important photography collections. Sozzani was a key figure in fashion, art and design in Italy, and her archive includes work by Erwin Blumenfeld, Steven Mesiel and Peter Lindbergh. Between Art & Fashion is on display […]

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for Italian chocolate pudding

In the UK, a pudding can mean so many things, savoury and sweet; in Italy, budino means this soft, moulded chocolate dessert – delicious in any language Like most children growing up with two languages, my son, Luca, was slow to speak. Then, when he did, slowly, he mixed them. Not so much confused but […]

The great rebalancing: working from home fuels rise of the ‘secondary city’

A fall in commuting due to the pandemic is already prompting workers to move out of the major metropolises Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Amy Kaper has never met her colleagues. Though her employer is based in Washington DC, she works from her apartment in Arizona. Kaper’s chronic health issues made […]

Portraits of families living together through coronavirus

Photographer Mattia Crocetti’s project COndiVIDendo 19 looks at people living together during the coronavirus crisis, a time when groups have had to isolate and form a variety of family and community units, in Italy and across the world COndiVIDendo 19 is a photographic and social project about the cohabitation of Italian citizens during the Covid-19 […]

Joe Trivelli’s recipes for lamb chops, panada, bagna càuda and apples cake

A selection of hearty Italian classics to warm and nourish you These are dishes with which to warm up. Hearty, simple, warming food that I like to share. It’s time to stoke the fire, or the bonfire, and treat yourself well. Arrivals from the south of Italy have asked me why there isn’t a friggitoria […]

The pioneering women who took on Hitler … and Fleet Street

Foreign correspondent was deemed ‘no job for a female’ between the wars. A new book celebrates the lives of the journalists who proved otherwise An inky night in civil war Málaga, 19 February 1937. General Franco’s nationalist troops had taken the town days earlier. Political prisoners filled the jails; posters of Mussolini, Franco and Hitler, […]

Teargas deployed at anti-lockdown protest in Naples on day of new curfew – video report

Angry over a newly imposed 11pm to 5am regional curfew, demonstrators in the southern Italian city of Naples threw stones and bottles at police on Friday evening. The authorities responded with teargas. The stricter measures are an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 37,000 people in Italy since the […]

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for bean and clam soup | A kitchen in Rome

A shellfish and bean minestre that makes a few clams go a long way What will I do when I run out of fingers? How will I keep track of the masked months – March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October – the counting of which has been my habit ever since the national […]

Footballers and fishermen: Italy’s red prawn war with Libya turns ugly

Libyan forces holding Italian crew demand release of footballers convicted of people smuggling At two docks on opposite shores of the Mediterranean, two sets of families have been drawn into a small international crisis as the fate of 12 Italian fishermen held in Libya appears to hinge on that of four Libyan footballers jailed in […]

Mystery disease killing Italy’s kiwi fruit trees baffles scientists

Government taskforce to study sickness devastating kiwi orchards across country The leaves wither and face down as if to escape the sun; the roots darken and rot. Then the leaves fall: within 10 days, all of them are gone, leaving the fruit under the sun. Within one or two years, the plant dries up and […]

Papillon the bear: how the ‘escape genius’ sparked a national debate in Italy

Once one of Europe’s ‘most wanted’ wild animals, the now incarcerated bear has become symbolic of the conflict over the reintroduction of large predators The prisoner is in a cage measuring two by six metres, surrounded by three 7,000-volt electric fences, a four-metre-high barrier, CCTV and a number of rangers. From afar, the structure resembles […]

Storm Alex brings flooding and devastation to south-eastern France – in pictures

Flooding from record rains in a mountainous region of France and Italy has killed two people and left at least nine missing. Storm Alex ravaged villages around the city of Nice on the French Riviera, sweeping away roads and damaging homes. The storm moved across south-eastern France before hitting northern Italy Continue reading…

We Are Made in Italy: digital fashion show highlights Italian diversity

Five little-known black designers took the spotlight on the final day of Milan fashion week The fashion designer Claudia Gisèle Ntsama’s cocktail dresses are a feat of engineering, their spools of unravelled thread seemingly suspended around the body as if held in a spider’s web. Ntsama, one of five little-known black Italian designers in the […]

No catwalk masks for Milan as it looks to brighter post-pandemic future

While showgoers diligently wore face coverings, the mood was upbeat and full of Italian pride Ian Griffiths, the British designer of the luxury powerhouse Max Mara, is making clothes for “the third Italian renaissance”. At Milan fashion week the mood is optimistic for the post-pandemic future, and bursting with national pride. The clothes on the […]

‘Totally awakened’: how tragedy has left Italians alert to deadly virus

Memory of crammed hospitals lingers in adherence to Covid rules and Italy is faring better than others Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Morena Colombi, from Truccazzano, a small town near Milan, was among the first people in Italy to test positive for Covid-19 and knows only too well the impact of […]

David Atherton’s recipe for melon and cucumber granita

Serve it plain as a refreshing cooler – or with a shot of dessert wine to create a light summer pudding You don’t get much more refreshing than a granita. Traditionally, it is made with fruit juice and sugar, scraped at intervals as it freezes to create large ice crystals. When I first tried a […]

Migrant boat bursts into flames off southern Italian coast

Vessel suddenly caught fire as Italian naval ship was in the process of taking people onboard A boat carrying dozens of refugees has burst into flames off the coast of southern Italy as its passengers were being transferred to Italian naval vessels to take them to port. Three people are confirmed dead and three are […]

Destination roulette and the quarantine shuffle: the new travel landscape

The government’s ever-changing travel corridor list has turned booking a holiday into a game of chance. So what are the risks and which countries are a safe bet? It’s been a summer of chaos and confusion for holidaymakers. Yet despite ongoing uncertainty around where’s safe to visit and a general upwards trend in new coronavirus […]

Escape: the woman who brought her trafficker to justice

Thousands of young women leave home in Nigeria every year on the promise of a good job in Europe, only to be trapped by debt and forced into prostitution. But one joined forces with investigators in Italy to expose the traffickers. By Ottavia Spaggiari Susan had been on Italian soil for exactly three days when, […]

Wish It Was a Coming Out: older gay people in Italy – in pictures

Photographer Melissa Ianniello’s long-term project investigates the double taboos of homosexuality and old age in Italy. The subjects of her intimate portraits are a group of gay men and lesbians between 60 and 90 years old, captured as couples or alone in their own homes Continue reading…

Share your experiences of returning to the workplace after lockdown

Whether you work in the UK or in Europe, we want to hear your views about going back to the workplace and commuting during the coronavirus pandemic While many people in countries like France, Germany, Italy and Spain have returned to the office, those in the UK have been slower to return to their desks. […]