1. The earthquake which killed six people and left thousands homeless in Italy also caused irreparable damage to many much-loved churches, belltowers and castles that dot this historic region. Many of the destroyed buildings dated back to medieval times.
2. Among the dead was a woman of 106, killed in her bed by a falling roof beam at her house in the countryside.
3. The quake struck at 4:04 am on Sunday, with its epicentre about 35 kilometres (22 miles) north of Bologna at a relatively shallow depth of 5 kilometres (3.2 miles). Civil protection agency official Adriano Gumina described it as the worst to hit the region since the 1300s.
4. Sunday’s 6.0 magnitude quake reduced homes and historic buildings to rubble in the densely-populated Ferrara area, home to priceless architectural and art treasures.