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Italy calls for single EU policy on asylum
Italy's foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, signed the letter alongside his German and French counterparts. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Italy calls for single EU policy on asylum

3 hours ago

Italy, Germany and France called for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Naked tourists go for drunken Rome swim
The two naked tourists shocked visitors to the beach with their antics. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Naked tourists go for drunken Rome swim

1 hour ago

Two drunk tourists prompted the ire of fellow beachgoers by getting naked at Rome’s seaside, ultimately being stopped by police for their indecent exposure.

Italian child billed €16 for dirty tablecloth
The bill came with an extra €16 that had been added to cover the cleaning costs of the tablecloth. Photo: Ged Dackys/Flickr

Italian child billed €16 for dirty tablecloth

2 hours ago

A Roman family on holiday in Sardinia were stunned to find a surprise €16 charge on their bill after their 20-month-old daughter dirtied the napkins and tablecloth during a meal.

Vettel bids for Italian Grand Prix win
Sebastian Vettel claimed his maiden Formula One win in 2008. Photo: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Vettel bids for Italian Grand Prix win

3 hours ago

Sebastian Vettel bids this weekend to become only the second driver to win the Italian Grand Prix with three different teams as Ferrari seek to add some lustre to an inconsistent season in the last European round of this year's world championship.

Italy to approve civil unions bill by year end
Gay couples wait to sign the civil unions register in Rome in May. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Italy to approve civil unions bill by year end

18 hours ago

Premier Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday that Italy’s parliament will approve a long-awaited civil unions bill by the end of the year.

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Migrant crisis threatens Europe's borderless area
The Schengen area was created in 1995. Photo: Shutterstock

Migrant crisis threatens Europe's borderless area

20 hours ago

As European countries grapple with record numbers of desperate refugees and migrants clamouring to enter Europe, the continent's cherished system of borderless travel is increasingly at risk, officials and analysts say.

Migrant crisis
Italy ready to impose Austria border controls
Italy is ready to impose identification checks at Brennero, on the border with Austria. Photo: LPD Burgenland

Italy ready to impose Austria border controls

21 hours ago

Italy is ready to impose identification checks at Brennero on the border with Austria after receiving a request from Germany for help in easing the flow of migrants into Bavaria, the northern province of Bolzano said on Wednesday.

Venice film festival
Everest epic kicks off Venice film festival
Baltasar Kormakur's Everest is kicking off this year's Venice Film Festival. Photo: Michael Buckner/AFP

Everest epic kicks off Venice film festival

21 hours ago

The Venice film festival kicks off on Wednesday with a world premiere for "Everest", a $65-million 3D drama based on a real-life disaster on the Himalayan peak.

Italian woman sues over Spain nudist beach snap
An Italian woman was horrified to find that a naked photo of her was being used to promote nudist resorts. Photo: Life/Flickr

Italian woman sues over Spain nudist beach snap

23 hours ago

An Italian woman has opened a civil lawsuit in Spain against dozens of naturist websites which used a naked photo of her as promotional material.

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Ten Italian lifestyle habits to adopt immediately

Ten Italian lifestyle habits to adopt immediately

23 hours ago

The Italians have certain things sussed when it comes to well-being. From coffee culture to shopping at markets, we've picked up habits that have enhanced our lives here. Whether you live in Italy or not, here's a list of ways you too could adopt an Italian lifestyle.

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Ten adventurous ways to see Italy
Plenty of adventure can be had in the Dolomites. Photo: Kelvin Trautman

Ten adventurous ways to see Italy

August 26, 2015

From hiking in the Dolomites to walking from Palermo to Taormina, there are plenty of adventurous ways to explore colourful Italy.

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Italy's best-kept secrets: Ten must-see places
Budelli, one of the Maddalena group of islands off Sardinia. Photo: Chrisoph Sammer

Italy's best-kept secrets: Ten must-see places

August 20, 2015

It was unsurprising to see Rome’s much-visited Colosseum and Venice’s St Mark’s Square feature in the Lonely Planet’s ‘Ultimate travel list’, published earlier this week. But what about Italy’s more obscure gems?

Civita: The Italian town that refuses to die
Civita di Bagnoregio. Photo: Angela Giuffrida/The Local

Civita: The Italian town that refuses to die

August 19, 2015

With a population of only six, it’s been dubbed “the dying town”. But on a recent visit to the hilltop Civita di Bagnoregio, The Local spoke to one of the inhabitants, and discovered a fervent desire to keep it very much alive.

Five 'ghost' buildings that cost Italy dearly
The unfinished polo stadium in Giarre, Sicily. Photo: Incompiuto Siciliano/Flickr

Five 'ghost' buildings that cost Italy dearly

August 06, 2015

Italy is a country of half-finished projects. In fact, there are 671 incomplete public works projects across the country, according to data compiled by Linkiesta.

Italian couple tie the knot at Swedish Pride festival
Diego Angemi and Francesco Ceccarini. Photo: private

Italian couple tie the knot at Swedish Pride festival

August 01, 2015

UPDATED: Two Italian expats in Sweden got married in front of hundreds of thousands of people at the Stockholm Pride Parade on Saturday afternoon – to send a message about gay rights to their home country.

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Italian priest closes parish over child claims
Father Luciano Venturi has suspended all parish activity after rumours he got a member of his congregation pregnant. Photo: Roger Smith

Italian priest closes parish over child claims

1 day ago

A priest in Italy has suspended all parish activity apart from Sunday mass, after being dogged by rumours that he fathered a child with a married member of his congregation.

Sicily double murder suspect faces judge
Asylum seekers stand outside Cara Mineo, a hosting centre in Sicily. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Sicily double murder suspect faces judge

1 day ago

A judge will on Wednesday rule whether to confirm the arrest of an 18-year-old asylum seeker from the Ivory Coast, who is accused of killing an elderly couple at their home in Palagonia, Sicily, on Sunday.

Euro 2016 qualifiers
Conte demands Italy seal Euro 2016 ticket
Italy coach Antonio Conte warned only first team regulars will feature in next year's European Championships. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell/AFP

Conte demands Italy seal Euro 2016 ticket

1 day ago

Coach Antonio Conte has demanded Italy seal their Euro 2016 ticket this weekend but has warned that only first team regulars will figure in his travelling plans for next summer's tournament in France.

Isis claims Tripoli car bomb near Eni office
The car bomb in Tripoli injured one person and damaged offices co-owned by Italy's Eni. Photo: David Stanley

Isis claims Tripoli car bomb near Eni office

1 day ago

The Isis jihadist group on Tuesday claimed a car bomb attack against an oil company co-owned by Italy's Eni in the Libyan capital that wounded one person.

Italian woman 'too fat' for bakery job
The woman was turned down for a job in a bakery because she was overweight. Photo: Kayla Nichole

Italian woman 'too fat' for bakery job

1 day ago

An Italian woman has claimed she was turned down for a job at a bakery in Latina, Lazio, because she is "too fat".

Rights court slams Italy over migrant conditions
A migrant behind a fence at a temporary refugee camp in Lampedusa earlier this year. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Rights court slams Italy over migrant conditions

1 day ago

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Tunisian migrants had been unlawfully detained on the island of Lampedusa in 2011 in conditions that "diminished their human dignity".

Renzi under pressure over brutal Sicily murder
Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Renzi under pressure over brutal Sicily murder

1 day ago

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under increasing pressure on Tuesday to respond after an asylum seeker was arrested on suspicion of the brutal murder of an elderly couple in Sicily.

Israel PM criticized for Italian fine dining
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at Milan's Expo. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Israel PM criticized for Italian fine dining

1 day ago

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced criticism on Tuesday from ultra-Orthodox politicians for having eaten in a non-kosher restaurant serving rabbit, escargot and lobster during a recent trip to Italy.

Italy's jobless rate at lowest level in two years
Italy's unemployment rate fell to 12 percent in July. Photo: Shutterstock

Italy's jobless rate at lowest level in two years

1 day ago

Italy’s unemployment rate fell to 12 percent in July – the lowest level in two years, the national statistics agency, Istat, said on Tuesday.

Migrant 'footballer' almost lands Italian deal
The real Lamine Diatta in action for Saint-Étienne. Photo:latouffedisco / Flickr

Migrant 'footballer' almost lands Italian deal

1 day ago

An 18-year-old migrant from Gambia wowed an Abruzzo football club with his silky football skills after convincing them he was a Senegalese football player.

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Migrant crisis
Truck death toll 71 including 4 children
Photo: Lindsey Hilsum/Twitter

Truck death toll 71 including 4 children

AUSTRIA

The death toll in Thursday's horrific migrant tragedy in Austria is now understood to be 71 people, including eight women and four children.

One million throng Zurich techno party
Photo: Verein Street Parade, Zurich

One million throng Zurich techno party

SWITZERLAND

Around one million people thronged the streets of a sun-drenched Zurich on Saturday to take part in the city's annual techno Street Parade, organizers said.

Kiel scientists: MH370 search in wrong place
The Malaysia Airlines plane which disappeared on March 8th 2014. Photo: Laurent ERRERA / Wikimedia Commons.

Kiel scientists: MH370 search in wrong place

GERMANY

German scientists have challenged conventional wisdom on the crash site of the MH370, the Malaysia Airlines plane missing since March 2014, suggesting the search is being conducted in the wrong place.

Denmark’s first astronaut prepares for blast-off
Andreas Mogensen: the first Dane in space. Photo: European Space Agency

Denmark’s first astronaut prepares for blast-off

DENMARK

Andreas Mogensen will make Danish history when he leaves Earth on Wednesday morning for a ten-day mission at the International Space Station. Follow the livestream here.

Travel chaos threat as September strikes called at Spanish airports
The strikes will take place across Spain on four days in September

Travel chaos threat as September strikes called at Spanish airports

SPAIN

Spanish airport workers have called a series of strikes for September threatening to cause significant delays for holidaymakers.

Opinion - French schools
Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system
What must France do to fix its school system? Photo: AFP

Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system

FRANCE

As pupils head back to the classroom this week, Peter Gumbel, a Paris-based British journalist and author of a best-selling critique of the French school system, spells out for The Local how France must fix a national education system in crisis.

Snowden may get freedom prize at border
The Storskog border station between Norway and Russia. Photo: Cornelius Poppe/NTB scanpix

Snowden may get freedom prize at border

NORWAY

The Norwegian academy which gave Edward Snowden a free speech prize is planning to hold a "symbolic ceremony" for the whistleblower at the country's far-northern border with Russia.

Swedes debate capital's first Airbnb rent ‘ban’
The apartment is located in Stockholm's trendy Södermalm neighbourhood. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Swedes debate capital's first Airbnb rent ‘ban’

SWEDEN

UPDATED: A landmark ruling banning a woman in Stockholm from renting out her apartment via the home-sharing website Airbnb after a rent tribunal likened the letting with running a "hotel business" on the premises has sparked debate in Sweden.

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