Stefano Pitrelli


Rome bureau reporter covering Italy and the Vatican
Stefano Pitrelli is a reporter in The Washington Post’s Rome bureau. He began contributing to the Post in 2012, then joined the bureau upon its creation in 2018. From Italy, he has covered migration, mafias, economy, climate change, and the clerical abuse crisis inside the Catholic Church. Before the Post, he wrote stories for L’Espresso, an Italian newsmagazine, and HuffPost Italy. He’s the co-author of “Occulto Italia,” a book on the political clout of cults, winner of the Estense award 2011. Born in Fermo, he grew up in Taranto and attended college in Rome.
Latest from Stefano Pitrelli

Ukraine live briefing: Zelensky meets pope, hails ‘important meeting for approaching victory’ alongside Italian PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in Rome to meet the Italian prime minister and the pope Saturday.

May 13, 2023

Zelensky says ‘peace plan must be Ukrainian’ after meeting Pope Francis

Zelensky is rallying his European allies this weekend ahead of a planned counteroffensive on the battlefield.

May 13, 2023

Frappuccinos infiltrate Rome’s coffee culture

The opening in the historic center is part of the company’s larger expansion into Italy.

May 11, 2023

Italy calls crisis meeting as pasta prices jump almost 20 percent

As Italy’s government meets to discuss the cause of the pasta price jump, one social media user said, “I can gnocchi believe the prices, I’d re-fusilli to pay.”

May 11, 2023

Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi in treatment for leukemia

The former prime minister is in intensive care for a lung infection, and has been in treatment for leukemia "for some time," his doctors said in a statement.

April 6, 2023

Pope to leave hospital, take part in Palm Sunday services, Vatican says

After being hospitalized for bronchitis Wednesday there were fears for the 86-year-old pontiff's health.

March 31, 2023

Pope has bronchitis, is improving but remains hospitalized, Vatican says

Pope Francis was hospitalized with a respiratory infection the night before, raising concerns about the 86-year-old pontiff's health.

March 30, 2023

Pope Francis hospitalized with respiratory infection, Vatican says

The Vatican said the pope would spend "a few days" at the Gemelli hospital in Rome.

March 29, 2023

Migration to Italy is soaring. And it’s still the off-season.

People are reaching the country at a pace unmatched by any winter and early spring on record. Daily arrivals often surpass totals for the whole month in past years.

March 28, 2023

Pope Francis at 10 years: He has made his mark, but early hope has faded

Within the Catholic Church over the past decade, conservative opposition to Pope Francis has intensified, while many on the left say he hasn't done enough.

March 12, 2023