Megan Williams

Rome correspondent

Rome correspondent Megan Williams has covered everything from Italian politics and migration to the Vatican and the Venice Biennale for almost two decades. Her award-winning documentaries can be heard on Ideas, The Current and other CBC shows. Megan is a regular guest host of As It Happens and The Current.

Latest from Megan Williams

On the street at 18: Young LGBTQ people in Europe share stories of being shunned by families, politicians

The COVID-19 pandemic has left supports for LGBTQ youth in Italy and elsewhere in Europe thinly stretched – putting thousands of young gay and transgender people at even greater risk.

Italy's women and youth were hardest hit by COVID-19's economic impact. Now, its recovery hinges on them

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Italy, the county's new prime minister says he will use billions of euros provided by the European Union to invest in education and close the employment gender gap, which could help those hit hard by the pandemic's economic effects — young people and women.

Centuries-old wine windows in Florence put a novel spin on physical distancing

Le buchette del vino — or wine windows — are foot-high, dome-shaped holes in the thick, stone palazzi of Florence that six centuries ago were used to sell wine. Now, with the need for physical distancing, businesses are opening them up again and selling everything from glasses of Chianti to ice cream.

Knitting is helping this Canadian in Italy make sense of the COVID-19 pandemic

Each stitch on Sarah McLean's pandemic knitting project represents 100 deaths. For her, knitting in her family's own cases of COVID-19 into the project drove home the scope of the crisis.

Italy's oldest bell-making shop turns to online overseas sales to keep ancient craft alive

In Italy, turreted church towers are part of the country's fabric, as are the bronze bells in the belfry that call the faithful to mass. But as church attendance has dropped, so has demand for the giant bronzes, so bell makers are turning to online sales to keep their craft alive.

Daily lives of Italians during pandemic lockdown preserved by photojournalists at new exhibit

Lockdown Italia: As Seen by the Foreign Press, a new exhibit in Rome, features the work of 73 photographers who capture the exhaustion of health-care workers, follow funerals and portray moments of everyday generosity and community across balconies.

Women in Italy shocked to find their names on grave markers for aborted fetuses

An Italian women's advocacy organization has filed a complaint with the public prosecutor of Rome asking for an investigation after dozens of women who had abortions say their names were put on small crosses in a cemetery where their aborted fetuses were reportedly buried without their knowledge.

Pope takes market economy, nationalism to task as he addresses COVID-19 in new encyclical

Pope Francis travelled to the birthplace of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, to sign his latest papal letter, which addresses issues urgent to the Roman Catholic Church and the world as it reels from COVID-19. But the title, which in English is "Brothers All," has raised eyebrows for its lack of gender inclusivity.

1st in Europe to be devastated by COVID-19, Italy redoubled its efforts, and they're now paying off

COVID-19 cases in Italy are on the rise from the summer, but the increase is not as steep as in neighbouring countries. Italy's leaders attribute that to a quick, long lockdown, gradual easing of restrictions, mandatory masks and a rigorous testing and tracing system.

A tale of 2 cities: Venice residents torn between mass tourism and a more harmonious existence

In the 1970s, upwards of 150,000 people resided in Venice, but today it's home to just over 50,000, with the population shrinking by 1,000 each year. Without tourists, there is hardly anyone left in the lagoon city.