Gold medallist Luca Ferretti (2nd L) of Italy is flanked by his compatriots silver medallist Simone Ercoli (L) and bronze medallist Simone Ruffini as well as joint bronze medallist Spyridon Gianniotis (R) of Greece as the flag of Italy is raised during the medal ceremony of the men's 5 km open water race at the European Swimming Championships in Lake Balaton in Balatonfured August 5, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay (HUNGARY - Tags: SPORT SWIMMING)

Italy's benchmark stock index fell to its lowest level since the launch of the euro on Tuesday, bruised by concerns about the euro zone crisis.

The FTSE MIB traded down 3 percent on the day at 12,299.99 points, slipping below the previous historic trough of 12,332.00 points set in March 2009, according to Thomson Reuters data. - Reuters