Oh, and the crucifixes stay! The Lisbon Treaty be damned, Italy is sovereign.
This could be seen as an early challenge to the project of 'Superstate Europe'; it certainly is quite a blow to the sanctimonious tyranny of the Human Rights apparatchiks in Strasbourg. As Gerald Warner comments for the Telegraph (U.K.):
The Constitutional Court ruled baldly that, where rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) conflict with provisions of the Italian Constitution, such decrees “lack legitimacy”. In other words, they will not be enforced in Italy. Although this judgement related to issues concerning the civil service, the universal interpretation is that the ECHR’s aggressive ruling in Lautsi v Italy, seeking to ban crucifixes from Italian classrooms, shortly before, was what concentrated the minds of the judges in the Italian Supreme Court.