Senator Mario Monti, waiting for his wife at Rome's Termini station Thursday, is widely considered to be the top choice for the Italian premiership, now that Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to resign soon. Mr. Monti met with President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday night in what his office described as a "courtesy visit." (Associated Press)

Senator Mario Monti, waiting for his wife at Rome's Termini station Thursday, is widely considered to be the top choice for the Italian premiership, now that Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to resign soon. Mr. Monti met with President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday night in what his office described as a "courtesy visit." (Associated Press)