Prince Charles to visit Italian town flattened by earthquake

Prince Charles Camilla

Prince Charles and wife Camilla

Prince Charles and wife Camilla

Britain’s Prince Charles is to the Italian town devastated by an earthquake in 2016 in which 299 people were killed.

A magnitude-six earthquake flattened the central Italian town of Amatrice at the end of August, with aftershocks rocking the region for months afterwards.

The heir to the British throne will see firsthand the rubble that still remains in the hillside town, where the bell tower of its 14th-century church crumbled to the ground during tremors in January.

He will be accompanied by Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi as he lays a wreath at a memorial to the victims and visits a former school that now houses reconstruction workers.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are on a six-day tour of Italy that has already taken them through Naples and to a British military cemetery near Vicenza.

The couple arrived in Florence on Friday.

While Prince Charles is in Amatrice, Camilla will meet with victims of human trafficking and domestic violence at a non-profit organisation in Florence.