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Three people dressed in Carnival costumes pose at the Doge’s Palace on Tuesday in Venice. The 2014 Carnival of Venice runs until March 4 and will include a program of gala dinners, parades, dances, masked balls and music events.
Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister-designate, talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Mr Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed in the next few months
Amateur footballers at Italian team ASD Mineo are all African migrants who risked their lives to cross the sea. The 25-man squad, the first of its kind in Italy, was created and funded by managers from the Mineo centre for asylum seekers, one of Europe’s largest. The team is registered in the lowest category of Italy’s official football pyramid, which groups 600 divisions and in which, in theory, any team can rise to the top of the league, or Serie A. The team is on track to advance to the next division in its first season. Read more
Members of the Casapound far-right organisation wear masks in the colours of the Italian flag before a demonstration organised by “People from pitchfork movement” to protest against economic insecurity and the government. Italy’s “Pitchfork” protests spread to Rome on Thursday, with hundreds of students clashing with police and throwing firecrackers outside a university where government ministers were attending a conference.‘
Lava flows from Mount Etna, the volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily near Catania early on Monday. The eruption forced the closure of Catania airport due to the plumes of ash billowing into the sky, airport officials said.
A cruise ship sails out from Trieste harbour, northern Italy, at sunset
(From left) Luca Vettori, Matteo Piano and Jiri Kovar, of the Italy men’s volleyball team, jump to block a ball during their match against the US at the FIVB Grand Champions Cup tournament in Tokyo
Firemen take part in a demonstration of Italian trade unions Cobas and Usb against austerity measures and European politics. Thousands of people protested against economic austerity in Rome today as partial transport strikes across the country cancelled dozens of flights and snarled buses and trains.
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Pope Francis blesses and waves to the crowd as he arrives for his weekly open-air general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Read more