The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms this after reporting in the Italian newspaper La Stampa. The incident took place on the coast near the towns of Cogolete and Varazze, near Genoa.
According to La Stampa, the man was swimming with his two children when he was swept away by the strong current of the Ligurian Sea. The children immediately raised the alarm and shortly afterwards the body of the man was removed from the water.
The family of the man who went on holiday to the north of Italy is receiving consular assistance.