Italy

Sun and Stone

A new cultural history of Sicily, the key to the Mediterranean.

Fiume for Fiumians

The multi-layered complexity of ‘Europe’s smallest successor state’ between 1918 and 1921.

Escape from Vesuvius

In October 1943 the Allies liberated the area around the infamous volcano in the Bay of Naples. Its sudden eruption in March 1944, as war in Italy raged, stretched the resources of the combined services to the limit. What followed was an exemplary emergency operation.

How Venice Lost Its Art

The arrival of Napoleon’s troops in Venice in 1797 instigated one of the biggest plunders in the history of art. 

Fascist Architecture

Though many writers, film-makers and other artists found it difficult to work in Fascist Italy, modernist architecture flourished under the less than watchful gaze of Mussolini.