Charles visiting Italian town devastated by earthquake


The Prince of Wales will visit an Italian town that was left in ruins with hundreds dead after a devastating earthquake last summer.

Charles will tour the old town of Amatrice with mayor Sergio Pirozzi, who said after the disaster: "The town isn't here any more."

Almost 300 people were killed when the 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Amatrice and nearby villages in the early hours of August 24.

Aftershocks brought more damage to the area and were felt as far away as the capital Rome.

Charles will visit a former school building which now houses emergency services and reconstruction personnel. He will also lay a wreath at a memorial built in the grounds of the former school to commemorate those who were killed.

The Duchess of Cornwall will spend the day in Florence privately meeting victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, who are being helped by the Progetto Arcobaleno Association, a non-profit body set up in Florence in 1985. She will also meet the volunteers and staff who support them.

The organisation works primarily in the city providing support to people including the homeless, the unemployed, drug or substance abusers, and those involved in prostitution. Its main aim is to promote citizens' rights and social welfare.

Camilla will later walk along Florence's famous 16th century Vasari Corridor and visit St Mark's Anglican Church, where she will lay flowers at a memorial plaque in honour of Alice Keppel, her great-grandmother and Edward VII's mistress.