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Ryanair says its is ready to make Alitalia bid if shake-up comes

Ryanair says its is ready to make Alitalia bid if shake-up comes

Budget airline Ryanair is ready to make a bid for a majority stake in Italy's Alitalia if administrators of the troubled carrier undertake four key reform steps, its CEO said Tuesday.

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Why you are paying too much to send money abroad

Why you are paying too much to send money abroad

In a globalised world, transferring money abroad doesn't have to be costly and complicated.

 
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Celebrating 70 years of Piaggio's eponymous three-wheelers

Celebrating 70 years of Piaggio's eponymous three-wheelers

Despite a dispute about the actual date of birth of the 50cc 'bees', people across Italy are already celebrating the anniversary of the iconic vehicle's birth.

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What international health plan best suits you?

What international health plan best suits you?

No two people and no two expat stories are the same – so why should health plans be?

 
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Where to get the cheapest (and most extortionate) coffee

Where to get the cheapest (and most extortionate) coffee

No matter where you go in Italy, Italians are passionate about their coffee. But some pay a higher price for their passion than others. Find out where to get you bargain macchiato and where to expressly avoid espressi.

Introducing... the ultimate dating app for expats

Introducing... the ultimate dating app for expats

Finding love locally has never been easier. Find out why.

 
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Ten language mistakes you should avoid if you want to fit in in Italy

Ten language mistakes you should avoid if you want to fit in in Italy

Even the most competent of Italian speakers will occasionally slip up, and the majority of native speakers will be forgiving as long as you’re making the effort. But here are ten mistakes that are sure to grate on the ears of your Italian friends - read, memorize, and avoid at all costs.

Mini Pompeii found in Rome during metro line excavations

Mini Pompeii found in Rome during metro line excavations

Excavations to finish metro Line C in the capital continue to throw up ancient Roman archeological finds. After a military barracks last year, the latest discovery is two Pompeian buildings near the Aurelian Wall.

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Ten colourful Italian idioms and the strange meanings behind them

Ten colourful Italian idioms and the strange meanings behind them

Idioms - those little stock expressions whose meanings aren't what they first seem - are often the hardest part of learning a new language.

The Brexit effect: 'Sudden drop' in Italian food and drink exports to the UK

The Brexit effect: 'Sudden drop' in Italian food and drink exports to the UK

Italian wine is "the first victim of the chaos caused by Brexit", according to farmers' association Coldiretti.

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This is where you'll find the best food in Italy

This is where you'll find the best food in Italy

The Michelin Guide for Italy 2016 has been released, awarding 334 Italian eateries a coveted star rating. And the best city to eat in Italy might surprise you...

Government to pay 17 billion euro to save two banks

Government to pay 17 billion euro to save two banks

Italy will pay up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion) to break up two insolvent Venetian banks, which have posed a threat to country's banking system, the government announced Sunday. Both face bankruptcy and European authorities had urged Italy to devise a rescue framework, selling off the good assets of the stricken Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca and transferring their toxic assets to a "bad bank," essentially financed by Rome.

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More than 8,000 migrants rescued in Med in just 48 hours

More than 8,000 migrants rescued in Med in just 48 hours

More than 8,000 migrants have been rescued in waters off Libya during the past 48 hours in difficult weather conditions.

 

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Why Italy is 'giving away' 100 historic buildings for free

Why Italy is 'giving away' 100 historic buildings for free

Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings - including castles, houses, and towers - in a bid to boost 'slow tourism' and tempt visitors away from the overcrowded city centres.

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IN PICTURES: Venice Carnival opens in spectacular style

IN PICTURES: Venice Carnival opens in spectacular style

Venice's world famous carnival, which lasts until February 28th, is thought to have started in 1162 after a military victory. Abandoned for decades, it was resurrected in 1980.

Centre-right makes surprising gains in mayoral elections

Centre-right makes surprising gains in mayoral elections

The centre-right coalition prevailed in local council elections in several major northern towns, weakening the grip of Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (Pd) and strengthening the marginal far-right Lega Nord.

Rome out to rescue two troubled banks

Rome out to rescue two troubled banks

At the 11th hour, the Italian government has vowed to rescue two troubled Venetian banks with the aid of a retail bank, plus billions of taxpayers' cash.

These are Italy's ten best 'young' universities

These are Italy's ten best 'young' universities

Ten Italian universities have been recognized among the top 200 'young' universities world wide - with one attaining ninth place overall.

Italian bears barely bearing Up

Italian bears barely bearing Up

Italy has its own subspecies of bear – but there are only 50 left

Why an army of toy cats has appeared in an Italian seaside town

Why an army of toy cats has appeared in an Italian seaside town

Bisceglie, Puglia is a seaside town, located in the upper heel of Italy's boot and home to around 55,000 people.

From taps to ancient erotica: Fifteen of the strangest museums in Italy

From taps to ancient erotica: Fifteen of the strangest museums in Italy

Bored of Roman vases and Renaissance artworks? Why not try one of Italy's more unusual museums instead...

Italy's northern regions are challenging a mandatory vaccine law

Italy's northern regions are challenging a mandatory vaccine law

Several regions in northern Italy are challenging a recently passed law which made 12 vaccinations mandatory for children starting at state school.

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Pope Francis to send funds to South Sudan after Vatican rules out papal visit

Pope Francis to send funds to South Sudan after Vatican rules out papal visit

Francis had repeatedly said he wanted to travel to the famine-stricken country, but the Vatican said at the end of May that such a trip would be too dangerous.