He received the Ordine della Stella d’Italia (Order of the Star of Italy) for his promotion of British-Italian understanding and friendship.
Fox has worked as a journalist for more than half a century, including 22 years at the Standard. His career has taken him to the frontlines of conflicts in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan and he was awarded an MBE for work during the Falklands Campaign.
Fox said his “love affair” with Italy began 56 years ago when he studied in Florence. He worked as a columnist for Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera in 1976 where he developed his love for newspapers.
He helps run the Venice Journalists’ Seminar, which has brought journalists, experts and Italian diplomats and ministers together to promote Italian-British understanding for 26 years.
The award was presented by ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, on behalf of president Sergio Mattarella, during a ceremony at the Italian embassy on July 27.
“I must thank ambassador Trombetta, his family and team, and above all president Sergio Mattarella for this singular honour,” said Fox.