Events from the year 2012 in Italy:
- 13 January - Costa Concordia disaster - a cruise liner capsized, killing at least 13 people on board.
- September 27 - Italian newspaper editor Alessandro Sallusti is sentenced to 14 months in prison for publishing libellious remarks, in a landmark case that significantly limits free speech in Italy.
Predicted and scheduled events
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Arts and literature
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- 1 January - Alfredo Battisti, 86, Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Udine (1972–2000).  (Italian)
- 29 January - Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, 93, politician, President (1992–1999).
- 19 February - Renato Dulbecco, 97, virologist
- 3 July - Sergio Pininfarina, 85, car designer and politician