At the meeting of Board of the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT) on Monday, 16 April 2018, Italy has officially become a member of the ILT. Moreover,  the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) has announced to build a LOFAR station at the Medicina Radio Observatory site, 30 kilometres from Bologna. This will significantly improve the image quality since the distribution of international stations becomes much more roundish. 

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