Italy's premier Mario Draghi on Wednesday issued a statement expressing "sincere condolences" at the death of actress Monica Vitti - dubbed the queen of Italian cinema - who passed away aged 90 from complications due to Alzheimer's disease.
"The President of the Council of Ministers, Mario Draghi, wishes to express his sincere condolences on the death of Monica Vitti," read the statement.
"A wonderfully witty and extraordinarily talented actress, she won the hearts of generations of Italians with her humour, bravura and beauty," the statement continued.
"She brought lustre to Italian cinema around the world. The Government offers its condolences to her husband, Roberto Russo, and to all those who were close to her," the statement ended.