Tension surrounds Italy’s local elections after a small bomb exploded overnight near a polling station in the northern municipality of Rapallo.

A second suspicious package was found later in Sestri Levante, also in the Genoa region.

No-one was hurt in either incident but it adds to a climate of unease, two days after a bomb attack killed a teenage girl in the south.

It is the second round of local polls that have already shown discontent with the technocratic government’s austerity measures. Protest parties and the centre-left made gains in the first round. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right suffered a crushing defeat.