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Russian fined €20,000 for defacing Colosseum
Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Russian fined €20,000 for defacing Colosseum

A Russian tourist caught red-handed trying to carve his initials on a wall of Rome's Colosseum has been ordered to pay a fine of €20,000 ($24,700) READ  

Nearly 800 migrants rescued off Italy
Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Nearly 800 migrants rescued off Italy

A total 796 people were rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in the last 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials said Saturday, as unprecedented numbers of would be immigrants head for Italy's shores. READ  

Italy's winemakers plan to defy EU label law
Italian winemakers are planning to defy a new European law demanding they exclude their wine’s particular geographic origins from the label. Photo: Fivi

Italy's winemakers plan to defy EU label law

Italian winemakers are planning to defy a new European law demanding they exclude their wine’s particular geographic origins from the label, arguing that the move will heavily impact businesses already struggling to survive. READ  

Venice denies 'noisy suitcase' ban for tourists
Venice has absolutely no plans to fine tourists for wheeling 'noisy' suitcases around the city. Venice suitcase photo: Shutterstock

Venice denies 'noisy suitcase' ban for tourists

Venice has absolutely no plans to fine tourists hundreds of euros for wheeling their luggage through the popular tourist city, the city’s special commissioner said on Friday. READ  

Doctors given lavish gifts in baby milk scam
The doctors allegedly accepted lavish gifts in return for encouraging new mothers to buy artificial milk instead of breast feeding. Powdered milk photo: Shutterst

Doctors given lavish gifts in baby milk scam

A dozen pediatricians in Italy allegedly accepted expensive gifts, including smartphones, computers and Mediterranean cruises, in return for encouraging new mothers to buy artificial milk instead of breast feeding. READ  

First Italian woman prepares for space
Samantha Cristoforetti will head to space on November 23rd. Phot: AFP

First Italian woman prepares for space

The first Italian female astronaut to be launched into outer space said she is about to fulfill her dream. READ  

Business and Money
Italy's property market bucks recession
Property sales in Rome were up 11.8 percent in the third quarter. Photo: Rome property photo: Shutterstock

Italy's property market bucks recession

The Italian property market received a boost in sales in the third quarter of 2014, the country’s revenue agency said on Thursday. READ  

Sport
Crisis-hit Italian football set for reforms in 2016
National team coach Antonio Conte complained the archetypal Italian player who could once strike fear into opponents is now "dying out". Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP

Crisis-hit Italian football set for reforms in 2016

Serie A chiefs have welcomed a new package of reforms by the Italian football federation (FIGC) that will see squads limited to 25 players in a move designed to boost the flagging Italian game. READ  

Culture
Cameron Diaz flick rips off Italian novel: author
Actress Cameron Diaz at a screening of 'The Other Woman'. Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America/AFP

Cameron Diaz flick rips off Italian novel: author

An Italian writer has accused American film giant 20th Century Fox of plagiarising one of his novels in the 2014 film "The Other Woman", starring Cameron Diaz, his lawyer said on Thursday. READ  

National
Migrants dice with death to reach Europe
Italy has taken in a new batch of nearly 2,400 people rescued off its shores. Gabriel Buoys/AFP

Migrants dice with death to reach Europe

Italy has taken in a new batch of nearly 2,400 people rescued off its shores, the coastguard and navy said on Thursday amid signs would-be immigrants are taking increasingly high risks to reach Europe. READ  

Features
JobTalk Italy
Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard
David Geisser has also authored a cookbook filled with popes' favourite recipes. Photo: David Geisser

Life as an elite Vatican Swiss Guard

Despite being better known today for their colourful uniforms than their reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards have been a powerful symbol of the Vatican for centuries. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes. READ  

Quiz
Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz
Italian history: Shutterstock

Test your Italian history with The Local's quiz

Italy is home to some of the world’s most iconic monuments and is the birthplace of a long list of artists, inventors and composers...but how well do you know its history? READ  

The Local List
Top ten: Travel warnings for Italy
Tourists in Italy: Shutterstock

Top ten: Travel warnings for Italy

Many of us tend to leave our brains at home when heading abroad on holiday, and with that in mind governments issue travel warnings. From volcanoes to thieves distracting tourists with pizza, here are some of the most striking — and bizarre — warnings about Italy. READ  

The Local List
Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy
German novelist Thomas Mann was struck by the "flattering and suspect beauty" of the city of Venice. Venice photo: Shutterstock

Top ten: Famous quotes about Italy

Italy has been a source of inspiration for many a traveller over the centuries. From Lord Byron to George Clooney, here are ten quotes about the country from some of the peninsula’s most famous visitors. READ  

Opinion - Working in Italy
Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?
Italy came ninth in a survey ranking the most desirable places in the world to work. Italy worker: Shutterstock

Is Italy a desirable place for foreigners to work?

Italy was ranked the ninth most desirable place in the world to work in a survey this week, but some foreigners who live and work here beg to differ. READ  

More News
Russian tourist 'carved letter K on Colosseum'
Reckless tourists defacing Italy’s priceless monuments have become something of an occupational hazard for authorities. Photo: Aaron Logan

Russian tourist 'carved letter K on Colosseum'

A Russian tourist has been arrested for allegedly carving the letter K on a wall of the Colosseum. READ  

Business and Money
'Disabled staff member won't lose job': Nestlé
Marilena Petruccioli will no longer lose her job at Nestlé's Perugina plant. Photo: Photo: My aim is true

'Disabled staff member won't lose job': Nestlé

Nestlé Italy said on Thursday that a disabled staff member, who was initially sacked for publicly criticizing company managers over Facebook, will no longer lose her job. READ  

Travel
Venice tourists risk €500 fine for 'loud luggage'
Venetians are exempt from the new rules. Photo: Rosie Scammell

Venice tourists risk €500 fine for 'loud luggage'

Tourists to Venice could face a €500 fine if they dare wheel noisy suitcases around the watery city, under new proposals outlined on Thursday. READ  

National
Mafia use tigers and parrots to wield power
A crocodile was used to intimidate business owners in southern Italy. Photo: t0mweb/Flickr

Mafia use tigers and parrots to wield power

Mafia bosses are using tigers, crocodiles and a host of other exotic animals - including drug-dealing parrots - to cement their grip on power. But international crime-fighters rarely hear about the phenomenon, a Europol spokesman told The Local. READ  

Business and Money
Disabled Nestlé worker fired for Facebook post
Nestlé reportedly fired a disabled member of staff at its Perugina chocolate division over a Facebook post. Photo: My aim is true

Disabled Nestlé worker fired for Facebook post

UPDATED: Swiss food giant Nestlé fired a disabled member of staff at its Perugina chocolate division after she posted a message on Facebook in which she “undermined the authority” of managers. READ  

Business and Money
Migrants 'exploited' in Italian tomato industry
Illegal migrant workers are allegedly exploited in Italy's tomato industry. Photo: The Ewan

Migrants 'exploited' in Italian tomato industry

An investigative report by a Danish watchdog has revealed that illegal migrants in Italy who are hired to pick tomatoes, which are then exported to Denmark, are “grossly exploited” and work under “harsh conditions”. READ  

F1's former world champ Alonso to leave Ferrari
Fernando Alonso has been widely tipped to join McLaren next season. Photo: Tom Gandolfini/AFP

F1's former world champ Alonso to leave Ferrari

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso's five-year spell with Ferrari will be over at the end of the season after the Italian 'Scuderia' confirmed the Spaniard's departure on Thursday. READ  

National
'I want to get Italians into work': Renzi
Matteo Renzi said he will push ahead with employment reform despite opposition from unionists. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

'I want to get Italians into work': Renzi

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hit back at unionists on Thursday over a planned general strike, arguing that controversial government reforms would create much-needed jobs after years of "lost opportunity". READ  

Vatican
Pope to raffle off gifts to help the homeless
Pope Francis chose his papal name in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi and his devotion to the poor. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope to raffle off gifts to help the homeless

Pope Francis is raffling off unwanted gifts including a Fiat Panda, tandem bike and coffee machine to raise money for the homeless. READ  

Business and Money
Italy takes first step to rail privatization
Italy has taken the first concrete step towards privatizing its railway system and listing it on the stock exchange. Photo: Alessandro Cappotondi

Italy takes first step to rail privatization

Italy on Wednesday took the first concrete step towards privatizing its railway system and listing it on the stock exchange as part of efforts to cut the country's gargantuan public debt. READ  

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Top mistakes Austrians make in English
Vhat a wery vonderful day in Wiena. Photo: APA

Top mistakes Austrians make in English

A recent report ranked Austrians seventh in the world when it comes to speaking English as a foreign language, but that doesn't mean they don't still make mistakes. Here are The Local's top ten mistakes that Austrians make in English. READ  

Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday
Photo: TPG

Geneva public transport strike set for Wednesday

Public transport workers in Geneva have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a one-day strike on Wednesday to protest over budget cuts and the elimination of 100 jobs. READ  

Police arrest landlord for naked showings
We doubt the naked landlord was quite this much to write home about. Photo: DPA

Police arrest landlord for naked showings

A man in Oberhausen has been arrested after inviting people over to his house as prospective tenants and welcoming them in his birthday suit. READ  

Denmark selects its first national dish
Want to eat like a Dane? Dig in to a plate of stegt flæsk med persillesovs og kartofler. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix

Denmark selects its first national dish

The Danes have spoken and their favourite meal is fried pork served with potatoes and parsley sauce. Sound good? Try the enclosed recipe. READ  

'World's longest railway' links Madrid and China
"Yixinou" will operate from Yiwu, the world's biggest wholesale hub, in east China's Zhejiang province. Photo: AFP/STR

'World's longest railway' links Madrid and China

China launched an 82-wagon cargo train on Tuesday which will take 21 days to travel 10,000km (6,200 miles) and pass through six other countries as it moves goods from the industrial city of Yiwu to the Spanish capital, Madrid. READ  

France gets new power to sack the president
Has François Hollande just heard the news that French MPs now have the power to sack the president? Photo: AFP

France gets new power to sack the president

François Hollande would be forgiven for not sleeping well in his bed tonight after French MPs were, for the first time, handed the power to sack the president in the case of "a breach of duties". READ  

Norway to grow food crops in space
NASA's International Space Station. Photo: Shutterstock

Norway to grow food crops in space

A team of scientists in Norway are set to research the possibility of growing plants and food crops in outer space, it was revealed on Friday. READ  

Technology
'I'm among the first Swedes with a microchip'
Emilott Lantz after having a microchip placed in her hand. Photo: Mikael Hansson/InfoTech Umeå

'I'm among the first Swedes with a microchip'

Sweden has a global reputation as a leader in developing innovative technologies. But will a trend for inserting microchips in the human body catch on? The Local spoke to one of the first Swedes to choose an implant to unlock her office door. READ  

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