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Milan authorities must hire conservationist after struggling to clean statue damaged by climate activists

Italian officials have approved draft bill to bring in tougher sanctions for protestors who target heritage

Uffizi’s ticket price hike sparks row

As the Italian museum responds to rising energy bills, culture minister says institutions’ entrance charge increases are justified

Italy to open new mafia museum—complete with smells and sounds

The first site in Palermo is scheduled to open this spring

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Italy plans high-speed train between Pompeii and Rome to increase tourism to heritage sites

The €35m development will include a new train station adjacent to the Pompeii archaeological site

Five panels from Dosso Dossi's ‘magnificent’ Renaissance frieze reunited for exhibition in Rome

The Galleria Borghese has brought together the Aeneas Frieze panels from collections around the world

Hic! Row erupts over loan of Caravaggio’s Bacchus to wine festival

Uffizi's plan to show the painting at Vinitaly has been described as “absurd” and “unacceptable”

Just what the doctor ordered: masterpieces from Milan museum brighten up hospital

Works from the Pinacoteca di Brera have been blown up and pasted in high definition on the walls of the Humanitas hospital in Ronzano to improve patients' well-being

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Gian Maria Tosatti tells us why he used gold, rust and charcoal for his new works unveiled in Milan

The Italian artist, who represented his country at the 59th Venice Biennale, has an exhibition at Pirelli HangarBicocca

Vatican returns Parthenon sculptures to Greece in 'historic event'

Restitution shows that a "road of dialogue and peace always exists", according to a representative of the Holy See

In Burkina Faso and Mali, pilot scheme builds defences against illegal trafficking of cultural antiquities

Icom and Aliph’s $250,000 project is providing training and security measures for 22 museums in countries ravaged by war

Italy to open first museum of fascism

Curators of the controversial Salò institution say museum will “neither demonise nor defend” fascist leader Benito Mussolini

Death of Vatican cleric puts his lauded but mysterious art collection under new scrutiny

Canon Monsignor Michele Basso was investigated for fraud in 2000 after allegedly trying to sell fake works

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Moscow-based architect, who built ‘Putin’s Palace’, refuses to return to Italy to face trial

Italian Lanfranco Cirillo—whose 150-strong art collection was seized last year—will be tried in absentia by an Italian court next month for tax and money laundering crimes

Cecco del Caravaggio—the mysterious student and lover of the Baroque master of shadow—takes centre stage in new show

The Fondazione Accademia Carrara in Bergamo is showing 19 of 25 known paintings by the student who modelled for Caravaggio

Italian police widen fraud investigation after seizing Rubens painting from Genoa exhibition

The Carabinieri accuse four people of downgrading and illegally exporting the Old Master work, which has now been returned to the show in the Palazzo Ducale

Venice Biennale 2022 gets eco accolade, winning carbon neutrality status

Organisers of this year’s art and dance editions recycled exhibition materials and switched to renewable energy sources

Heritage protection foundation Aliph expands with office in Saudi Arabia

The Geneva-based International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas is to open a second office in 2023 in Riyadh

Bank on it: Milan exhibition explores the long and mutually beneficial history of art and finance

From Michelangelo to Morandi and the Medici to the Rothschilds, a Gallerie d’Italia show looks at the relationship between artists and their patrons

Unpredictable art critic vs hard right minister: Italy’s senior politicians clash over cultural policy

Issues such as free museums and safeguarding heritage are splitting the opinions of two officials in the Brothers of Italy party which swept to power in September

Carracci's lavish frescoes from dismantled Roman chapel are reunited in their home city after 200 years in exile

Exhibition at Palazzo Barberini is the finale of a “momentous” trio of shows bringing the cycle of 16 works back together

Artemisia Gentileschi's nude for Michelangelo's museum was censored—a new restoration project will reveal the original work

"Artemisia UpClose" project at Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Italy, will use state-of-the-art technology to show the original painting

Man arrested after attacking ancient sculptures at Vatican Museums in Italy

The 65-year-old tourist reportedly told museum staff he wanted to see the Pope before throwing the Roman busts to the ground

Why is art at the heart of Italy’s far-right political party?

Plus, Carnegie International, the US's longest-running contemporary art exhibition, and a mystifying egg sculpture

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Italy’s far right weaponises culture in the interests of nationalism

Concern over Brothers of Italy policies ahead of 25 September election

Meet the painters of Pompeii: new exhibition brings fresh insights to the Roman frescoes

Bologna show looks beyond the paintings, preserved by the ash of Mount Vesuvius, to explore Roman society

Confiscated photographs showing preparations for Hitler's 1938 visit to Italy are made public

Pictures capturing Rome and Florence prior to the Nazi leader's arrival were recovered by Italy's art recovery hit squad and are now held in the historic Luce film archive

Uffizi loan of self-portraits to the Bund One Art Museum opens ten-exhibition series in Shanghai

Show of works by 48 artists, from Bernini to Chagall, is first in a five-year programme worth €6m to the Florence museum

Uffizi Gallery announces €50m project to return Boboli Gardens to its former Medici-era glory

Planned for completion in 2030, the revamp will include redeveloping the neoclassical Pagliere building for temporary exhibitions and storage