Rome’s Monte Mario residential area has been ravaged by fire.
The blaze raged close to the Villa Madama complex a place where Italian prime ministers often host international guests.
Firefighters managed to put out the blaze before the flames destroyed a well-known statue of the Virgin Mary, which overlooks the Stadio Olympico home to football clubs Roma and Lazio.
Police are investigating a possible arson attack.
Witnesses claim the fire was ignited at around 10am CET.
The Monte Mario blaze comes 24 hours after three people died in Rome as a result of fire.