When you don’t speak the local language or even if you are simply new to a place, it can be hard to know where to turn for the news. Luckily, it is absolutely possible to find reliable English language news about Italy to follow while you are here, or as a way to keep in touch with the country when you can’t be there in person.
From official newswire services to reliable reports, these are the best places to turn for Italy news in English:
English Language News About Italy
Note: There are lots of other blogs that include verifiable information of a certain level, but for this list of Italian news sources, I am only including news sources that use journalistic standards of reporting.
ANSA is like the Reuters of Italy – the national news wire service. They have very short, factual articles in English on everything from finances to crime and occasional lifestyle pieces. FYI: Reuters also have an Italy section, though how often it is updated depends on major headlines. Both sources stick to the basics but are completely free, reliable, and constantly up-to-date.
The Local was founded a few years after I moved to Rome, but it has now grown into a reliable reporting outfit. They are one of the best places to turn for on-the-ground stories that are regularly updated, as well as some practical information in English to guide you through typical bureaucratic challenges. If you are looking for a free news source, however, the Local might night meet your needs because they place many of their articles behind a paywall so that they are only accessible to subscribers. To note: during the current health crisis, they are making most of their articles available to everyone – not just subscribers.
The Guardian is a UK-based publication, however, they have a great standard of reporting and regularly update their Italy section with major headlines or original pieces in English about current social trends. There tend to be 3-5 news stories per day depending on how international Italy’s headlines are at the moment.
If you are specifically interested in the latest updates on the current health crisis in Italy, the best sources are the official ones – which happen to be in Italian. The official source of information is the Ministry of Health or Protezione Civile. Data on new infections, recoveries, and deaths are released at 6 pm CET every day. These are available by the country, or by region here.
For regular English language updates, there is also Italy Coronavirus, which translates information from official sources.
Wanted in Rome and The Florentine also publish local news for their cities.
Respected Italian News Sites
If you are willing to use google translate to get a sense of the daily headlines and breaking news (or if you want to practice your Italian reading skills) major Italian news outlets in Italy include:
Many of the above sites have microsites for specific cities or regions around Italy. Corriere has a rarely updated English-language section, and La Repubblica translates its D Lifestyle weekly features into English.
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