Holiday heaven has turned to mid-summer misery for tourists as wildfires wreak havoc across central and southern Italy. Thousands were trapped in the Puglia region by a fast-moving brush fire that killed two people.Emergency services swung into action to whisk visitors and residents away. Many were forced to leave their belongings behind as they fled to safety.
Those killed were a brother and sister in their 80s, found burned to death in their car. Earlier this week, the pilot of a firefighting plance died when his aircraft crashed in the mountainous central region of Abruzzo.
Wildfires are common in Italy during the summer and they are spreading faster than usual in the current heatwave that has seen temperatures exceed 40 degrees in places.
But Italian authorities believe arsonists are to blame for many of the blazes that are causing such devastation.