This image released by Nasa on Monday shows the easily recognised ‘boot of Italy‘, with Sicily at its toe. On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines.
Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome
Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a a demonstration in Rome against the government’s Jobs Act labour reform bill
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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi uses his mobile phone as he awaits the arrival of Senegal’s President Macky Sall at Chigi’s Palace, Italy
Demonstators hold flares during a demonstration as part of a general strike in central Rome on Friday
The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Frecce Tricolori spreads smoke with the colours of the Italian flag over the Piazza Venezia as Italy celebrates National Unity Day and Armed Forces Day, which marks the end of the first world war for Italy.
Anti-riot police clash with anti-austerity protesters near the Capodimonte museum during the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday in Naples
Actor George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wave from a boat as they leave after a civil wedding ceremony at the town hall in Venice, Italy on Monday
Hams are greased with lard before drying as part of the Parma ham curing process at Pio Tosini Industria Prosciutti in Langhirano, Italy. Russia announced a one-year ban on a range of foods from the EU and US in retaliation for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
Swiss guards in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall before a private meeting between Pope Francis and Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, president of Malta, on Monday.