Italy's election: Berlusconi, Five Star and lots of question marks

A political rally in front of the Colosseum. Photo: Filippo Monteforte / AFP / Getty Images

Italians are casting their ballots today in an election that could sweep in a right-wing populist government, result in a band-aid coalition of centrists, or prove so inconclusive that they have to do it all over again later this year.

The bottom line: This has been an ugly election cycle, driven by anti-immigrant sentiment and frustration with the state of Italy’s economy and political system. With no party expected to win a majority of seats, it may be some time before it's clear who the real winners are.