Sylvia Poggioli Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's foreign desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe and the Balkans.
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The Villa Aurora, a palace in Rome that houses the only mural by Caravaggio and that's at the center of a messy legal battle between a Texas-born princess and the sons of her late husband, an Italian prince, will go up for auction on Jan. 18. Laurent Emmanuel/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An epic inheritance fight will soon cost a Texas-born princess her 16th-century villa

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Pope Francis gives an early Christmas Eve homily with a pointed message on humility

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Paolo Sorrentino's new film 'The Hand of God' is based on his adolescence in Naples

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An old mental hospital sits in Trieste's San Giovanni Park. The facility closed over 40 years ago, but its ocher pavilions are filled with activity. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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A public mental health model in Italy earns global praise. Now it faces its demise

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Italian prime minister: multilateralism is the answer to COVID pandemic

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Biden continues the tradition of U.S. presidents meeting with the pope

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Italian demonstrators flock to Rome for anti-fascist protest

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Thousands gather in Italy to celebrate the Barcolana Regatta

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Italy's New COVID Vaccine Mandate Is One Of The Strictest In The World

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Few tourists venture as far as Trieste, a city tucked in Italy's northeast corner on the Adriatic Sea. Arianna Pagani for NPR hide caption

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A Once-Forgotten Port Of Italy Is Alive With A Diverse Cultural And Literary Legacy

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A Landmark Fraud And Corruption Trial Opens At The Vatican

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The Vatican Is Holding Its Biggest Criminal Trial In Modern History

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Pope Francis Said To Be In Good Condition Following Colon Surgery

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Astronomical text books in Latin are displayed at the Vatican Observatory. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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The Vatican's Space Observatory Wants To See Stars And Faith Align

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