The new Italian government will introduce a ban on Sunday shopping in large commercial centres before the end of the year as it seeks to defend family traditions, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said.
Italian rescuers searched for survivors among towering slabs of concrete wreckage in Genoa after a bridge collapse killed 39 people and sparked a furious government reaction against the viaduct's operator.
Rescuers have scoured the wreckage of Italy's bridge collapse as the death toll climbed to 39 and the government blamed the bridge's private owner, demanding resignations.
A tanker truck ploughed into a lorry on a motorway near Bologna airport in northern Italy, exploding in flames and sending a huge ball of fire and black smoke into the sky.
Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori died of a sudden illness at the age of 31, leaving Italian football in a state of shock.
Rome's ancient Colosseum was lit in red in solidarity with persecuted Christians, particularly Asia Bibi, a woman condemned to death under Pakistan's blasphemy laws.
An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata, injuring six people before he was captured, in what police said was a racially motivated attack.
An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria's main gas pipeline hub killed one person and injured 21 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as flows from the strategic site were cut off.
Pope Francis lamented the decay and degradation of Rome, using a traditional prayer on a national feast day to highlight problems such as environmental blight and corruption in the Italian capital.
The death of Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto'" Riina does not mark the end of Cosa Nostra, but the crime group is unlikely to allow one man such power ever again, a top magistrate and former mobster said.
An Italian man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for infecting more than 30 women with HIV, after having unprotected sex with them despite knowing that he was HIV positive, a court ruled.
One of Italy's most wanted mob bosses has been arrested in Uruguay after 23 years on the run from convictions for mafia association, drug trafficking and other serious crimes, the Italian Interior Ministry said.
Three young boys have been pulled free of rubble 16 hours after a deadly quake hit the tourist-packed Italian island off the coast of Naples.
An 4.0 magnitude earthquake has hit the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, killing at least one person and causing several buildings to collapse.
Deaths have been reported in Croatia and Italy and Australian firefighters are heading north to help Canada as wildfires rage in several countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
Australian police said they have charged the Vatican's treasurer, Australian Cardinal George Pell, with multiple sexual assault offences.
Rome is cracking down on anyone hoping to recreate Anita Ekberg's dip in the Trevi fountain in the film "La Dolce Vita", imposing fines for bad behaviour in and around the city's watery wonders.
Hundreds of Juventus soccer fans watching the Champions League final in one of Turin's main squares were injured when loud bangs created a panic and mayhem.
Matteo Renzi looked almost certain to regain the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD), according to early results that gave him an overwhelming lead in a primary election among party supporters.
Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centres, saying many had become "concentration camps".