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The Aftershocks

How seven Italian scientists came to be convicted of manslaughter following a catastrophic quake.


Basta Bunga Bunga

On Silvio Berlusconi’s hedonism.

Berlusconi is Italy’s waning Hugh Hefner, alternately reviled and admired for his loyalty to his own appetites—except that he’s supposed to be running the country.


Can a Gay, Catholic Leftist Actually Squelch Corruption in Sicily?

Rosario Crocetta is a reform-minded leader in a highly corrupt place that hates change. That’s only one of the reasons his life is in danger.


CSI: Italian Renaissance

On paleopathologist Gino Fornaciari and his investigations into murders from centuries past.


When the Beautiful Game Turns Ugly

A journey into the world of Italy’s racist soccer thugs.


The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox

Inside the most sensational murder in the history of study abroad.


Capturing the Last Don

How Bernardo Provenzano, “boss of all bosses of the Sicilian Mafia” and fugitive for more than 40 years, got caught.


The Monster of Florence

An American mystery writer and an Italian journalist join forces to identify a serial killer that targeted couples having sex in cars in the rolling hills above Florence.


Encounters with the Calabrian Mafia: Inside the World of the 'Ndrangheta

The profile of a crime syndicate which dominates the European cocaine trade.


Everyone Is an Immigrant

On the Italian island Lampedusa— “politically Europe, but geographically Africa”—as a wave of African immigrants is due to arrive from Libya by boat, ruining the tourist season.


Mondo Cavalli

A profile of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.
It’s 11 a.m. Cavalli has just risen from his wolf-fur-covered bed and said good morning to Boy, his tiger-striped Bengal cat, and Gino, his miniature monkey. At a breakfast table covered with a cloth of one of his swirling bird patterns, on which are placed four packs of cigarettes and two cigars, Cavalli sinks down on a leopard-print cushion. While he eats applesauce and drinks orange juice from Cavalli tableware, he is surrounded by his four parrots and three beautiful publicists. “Give me some bad questions,” he tells me, lighting a cigar. “I will try to be nice.”

Why Is This Cargo Container Emitting So Much Radiation?

A shipping container spewing radiation appears mysteriously at an Italian port, prompting a larger look at the anonymous world of international shipping.


The Predator

How an Italian thug looted MGM, brought Credit Lyonnais to its knees, and made the Pope cry.

Scientists on Trial: At Fault?

In 2009, 300 people perished in an earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy. Next week, six Italian scientists and one government official will stand trial for manslaughter.


Lost in Space

How two Italian teenagers hacked the Soviet space program and may have heard the dying breaths of a lost cosmonaut.


The Mussolini of Ass

How sex scandals have made Silvio Berlusconi even more powerful in Italy.