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Italy hosts first Down's Syndrome 'Olympics'
The athletes taking part are dubbed T21s, named after the most common form of Down's Syndrome, trisomy 21. Photo: AFP

The roar from the stands in Florence could not have been louder if it had been stars Usain Bolt or Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on the track.

Why Milan could be Europe's post-Brexit financial hub
Milan is vying to be Europe's post-Brexit financial and business hub. Photo: Melanie Bowman

Milan has also joined the race among European cities to pick up the post-Brexit spoils should London’s financial institutions choose to shift their operations elsewhere. But is it a viable contender?

Ekberg wannabe says Trevi dip was a 'homage to Rome'
Delilah Jay just before she waded into Rome's Trevi Fountain on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Delilah Jay

“I love Rome, I love Fellini and I love Ekberg – I’ve had so many comments on my Facebook page saying I look very much like her.”

Venice to build new bridge in memory of Bataclan victim
28-year-old student Valeria Solesin was the only Italian victim of the Paris terrorist attacks. Photo: Pierre Teyssot / AFP

Venice, the so-called 'city of bridges', is set to build one more, in honour of the only Italian victim of last November's Paris terrorist attacks.

Italy fears 'Calais-style' camps as migrant backlog worsens
There are 135,000 people waiting in Italian reception centres. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP

Italy is scrambling to find extra places for incoming migrants amid fears the failure of a European relocation plan may result in mass encampments.

Italy to start performing civil unions from mid-August
Italy became the last major country in Europe to recognize same-sex civil unions in May. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Same-sex couples in Italy will finally have the chance to say “I do” from mid-August onwards, Italy's Interior Ministry announced on Thursday.

Italian mayor says sorry for Keita Balde racism
Keita Balde, a Senegalese born in Spain, is one of several black players in Italy's Serie A to have faced racist abuse in the past. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

"Sport is about passion, sharing and friendship. I'm sorry to hear, as the mayor and a sportsman, that some people last night embarrassed the whole city and, in particular, the real fans at the stadium."

Rescue boats recover 17 migrant bodies off Italy
The latest arrivals take the number of migrants to have landed in Italy this year to over 80,000. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP

Since 2014, more than 10,000 migrants have died or are feared to have drowned while attempting the perilous journey to Europe by sea.

Italian police find €0.5 million of artefacts in art thieves' lair
Most of the loot was more than 2,000 years old. Photo Carabinieri Caserta

Police in Terno, Campania, uncovered a spectacular hoard of over 200 stolen historical artefacts worth over €0.5 million on Wednesday, inside the lair of a local gang of art thieves.

Pavarotti's family protest Trump's use of famous aria
Luciano Pavarotti became one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

"Nessun Dorma", which became Pavarotti's signature aria and climaxes with the words "Vincero" ("I will win"), has been played often at Trump rallies.

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Why the UK is now officially crazier than Italy
Boris Johnson, Britain's new foreign secretary, and Italy's four-time premier, Silvio Berlusconi. Photos: AFP

Brits used to enjoy a good laugh at the expense of Italian politics. They're not laughing now.

Escape the heat at one of these beautiful Italian lakes
Photos: (L) Seldon Vestrit and (R) Umberto Salvagnini.

Stretching from Valle d'Aosta and South Tyrol to Umbria and Lazio, Italy has some of Europe’s most beautiful lakes.

Fifteen maps that tell the story of Italy
Photo: zoetnet/Flickr

You can learn a surprising amount about Italy by looking at these maps...

Six of the best places to visit within easy reach of Rome
Gubbio (L) and Norcia (R). Photos: Angus Kirk/EricHuybrechts

Rome has a lot to offer, but if you're looking for variety or simply want a break away from the city, there's a treasure trove of towns within easy reach.

Opinion
Why we are part of the Brexit problem - and what to do
Photo: AFP

It’s been a long night, and for those of us Brits who have made our lives elsewhere in Europe, it will be a long road ahead writes The Local's managing editor James Savage.

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Italian police nab hobbling mafia boss
Italian police arrested the powerful 'Ndrangheta boss following a pursuit. Photo: Raffaele Esposito/Flickr

Italian police slapped cuffs on a fugitive on Thursday after a high-speed chase turned into a hobble when the mobster broke his ankle.

Migrant disaster boat was 'packed like Auschwitz trains'
The boat was raised by the Italian coastguard last month. Photo: Marina Militare

There were five migrants per square metre inside the boat.

Italy woos Chinese to help restore crumbling treasures
The Bourbon palace at Caserta is one of the sites looking for cash. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Italy is looking to Chinese investors to secure the future of many of its crumbling archaeological sites.

Work-shy cop caught clocking in before going fishing
The Italian policeman spent his days fishing instead of working. Photo: Charlotte McBride

The arrest comes a week after public sector workers in southern Italy were caught wearing cardboard boxes over their heads in a bid to avoid identification as they cheated on their time clocks.

New mayor wants to turn Turin into Italy's first 'vegan city'
Turin's new leaders want to make the city "more vegan". Photo: Maelick/Junya Osuar/Flickr

Turin's new Five Star Movement mayor, Chiara Appendino, presented her new council's five-year political programme on Tuesday, which included plans to reduce the amount of animal products eaten in the Piedmont capital.

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Tattooist jailed for drawing penis instead of Yin Yang sign
Landesgericht St. Pölten

An Austrian woman who wanted a tattoo of a Yin Yang sign on her back was left in tears after a hobby tattooist decided to draw a penis and the word ‘Fuck’ there instead.

Police break up dispute over late-night laundry
File photo: Chris Marquardt

Neighbours come to blows over the sensitive Swiss issue of when to do your laundry...

Würzburg axe attack
Isis releases video of Bavaria train attacker making threats
An ambulance on the scene in Würzburg. Photo: DPA

Terror group Isis have released a video which apparently shows the teenager who attacked passengers with an axe on a train in Bavaria on Monday making threats.

Five million Danish ID numbers sent to Chinese firm
The CPR numbers and health information of 5.3 million residents was sent to a Chinese company. Photo: Colourbox

If you lived in Denmark between 2010 and 2012, it’s almost certain that your personal identification number (CPR number) and health information ended up in the hands of a Chinese company.

Woof! How to find dog-friendly beaches in Spain
Rufus enjoying one of Spain's dog friendly beaches. Photo: Fiona Govan

There are still some sandy corners of Spain that will welcome man's best friend.

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