Italy

Looted archaeological artefacts worth more than $20m returned to Italy

The 60 objects included some that had been on display at the Metropolitan Museum and several that had been bought by billionaire collector Michael Steinhardt

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

Defying gravity—Leaning Tower of Pisa leans like in the early 19th century

Expert stabilisation plan means the Italian landmark has continued to straighten itself

The archaeological discovery of the century? What the San Casciano bronzes tell us about Roman and Etruscan life

The deposit of perfectly preserved statues in the heart of Tuscany reveals six centuries of cultural and political evolution

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A sumptuous history book of Venice, reveals the ‘mythical creature’ in all her glory

From a fifth-century influx of refugees to the arrival of “grazing dinosaur” cruise ships

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

Should the world resume co-operating with the Taliban on protecting Afghanistan's heritage?

Conservation projects that have been paused due to sanctions on the new government may restart after Unesco intervention

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

'A discovery that will rewrite history': 24 exceptionally well preserved bronzes unearthed by archaeologists in Tuscany

The artefacts, found at ancient Roman baths, are among the most “significant bronzes ever produced in the history of the ancient Mediterranean”

Italy's Uffizi Galleries forced to stay shut over public holiday due to staff shortage

Culture minister Gennaro Sangiuliano criticises museum for not opening on the Monday before All Saints Day but director Eike Schmidt says government must step in to find "reinforcements"

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

In with the cuffs, out with the glue: Italian climate change protestors chain themselves to chapel banister

The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua is home to masterpieces by the Italian Medieval painter Giotto

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

Italian police stop sale of 'exceptional' Artemisia Gentileschi painting that may have been illegally shipped to Vienna

If judges rule that the owners of the work broke the law, the painting will be definitively confiscated by the state and could be donated to a museum

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Italian government plans to halt digital sales of masterpieces from its major museums

Move follows €240,000 sale of NFT of Michelangelo work, with Uffizi taking a share of the profits

Turin rooftop race track—featured in The Italian Job film—transformed into an art trail

Pinacoteca Agnelli art complex, housed in former Fiat factory, launches with Sylvie Fleury show and Picasso display

Italy’s 'monuments men' sign deal with Unesco to help protect world's heritage

World-leading heritage protection taskforce known as the 'Blue Helmets' will have close ties with UN agency to operate abroad

Ten essential artworks to see in Rome

From Michelangelo's horned Moses to Mussolini's cancelled Universal Exposition, we round up some of the Italian capital's unmissable artistic treasures

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Ten essential artworks to see in Venice

From the greatest stars of the Venetian School to the most mysterious painting in the city, here is our selection of unmissable masterpieces in La Serenissima

Italian pavilion: ‘What is the future for humans?’ asks artist Gian Maria Tosatti

For the first time at the Venice Biennale, a single artist has been given the entire Italian pavilion to fill. Tosatti’s sprawling post-industrial installation asks the big questions

Despite €94m discount, Rome villa with Caravaggio's only ceiling painting fails to sell at auction—again

Slashing Ludovisi Casino's asking price by 20% did nothing to entice would-be buyers; the Italian state is being pressured to purchase the property before it is offered a third time

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After years of emergencies, Italy launches 'unprecedented' plan to protect churches against earthquake damage

Culture ministry earmarks EU pandemic recovery funds to mitigate the impact of future disasters on religious buildings around the country

Venetian renaissance: palazzo and studio of Mariano Fortuny reopens as house-museum after flood damage

The Museo Fortuny has now been restored as a permanent venue celebrating the polymath designer's life and work

How Donatello changed art history forever

Plus, the Biennale of Sydney looks at the rights of rivers and Eduardo Navarro’s seed installation opens in London

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