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Talks to form new Italy coalition 'positive'

Talks to form new Italy coalition 'positive'

Italy's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) said talks Friday with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement on forming a workable coalition government had been "positive".

Five mindfulness practices for expats

Five mindfulness practices for expats

Moving abroad offers an exciting opportunity to live a happier and healthier life. But how can you make sure that you’re enjoying the experience to its fullest? That’s where practising mindfulness can help.

 
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Venice Film Festival faces backlash after including directors accused of rape in their line-up

Venice Film Festival faces backlash after including directors accused of rape in their line-up

The Venice film festival is facing major backlash for including controversial directors like Roman Polanski and Nate Parker in their line-up this year.

Driving in Italy: Ten Italian road habits to watch out for

Driving in Italy: Ten Italian road habits to watch out for

Are Italian drivers really as bad as everyone says? If you're new to driving in Italy, here's what to prepare yourself for on the strade.

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Tourists face jail after trying to take 40kg of Sardinia's sand home

Tourists face jail after trying to take 40kg of Sardinia's sand home

A French couple are facing up to six years in prison after being caught leaving the island with 40kg of sand from Sardinia's beaches stashed in their car.

What's wrong with the Italian property market?

What's wrong with the Italian property market?

House prices in Italy are stagnant, while prices across most of Europe are rising. Why is Italy lagging behind?

The common Italian food myths you need to stop believing

The common Italian food myths you need to stop believing

Italian food is loved all over the world, for very obvious reasons, and every visitor to Italy wants to try it. But there are a lot of misconceptions about this much-loved cuisine that we need to put right.

German activists stage anti-racism protest ahead of key state polls

German activists stage anti-racism protest ahead of key state polls

Thousands of civil society activists are to mount a march against hate and racism on Saturday in Dresden, a week before state elections when far-right party AfD is projected to make huge gains.

 

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House-hunting in Italy: the essential vocabulary you'll need
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House-hunting in Italy: the essential vocabulary you'll need

Here are the words and phrases you're going to need when searching for your dream home in Italy.

TIMELINE: How did Italian politics get to where it is today?

TIMELINE: How did Italian politics get to where it is today?

After Italy's prime minister resigned, talks on a new government have begun, with a snap election and a new coalition two of the possible options on the cards. For anyone looking for a refresher of how we got here, here is a recap of more than a year of drama in Italian politics.

No more sitting on the Spanish Steps? Rome cracks down on tourist crowds

No more sitting on the Spanish Steps? Rome cracks down on tourist crowds

Rome's 'tourist police' have been moving people on from the famous Spanish Steps as part of a crackdown on unruly visitors, witnesses say.

Rome's La Sapienza ranked best university in Italy

Rome's La Sapienza ranked best university in Italy

La Sapienza in Rome has risen in the annual rankings to be named 'best in Italy' once again.

How an Italian farmer found a better way to grow tomatoes – without soil

How an Italian farmer found a better way to grow tomatoes – without soil

An innovative hydroponics farm in Tuscany is producing vegetables that don't rely on low-paid labour, use less water, don't need pesticides and – it's claimed – taste better too.

How the Italian mafia poisons everyday life in Naples

How the Italian mafia poisons everyday life in Naples

While some suggest that the Camorra has been usurped in Naples, recent arrests show that the city's feared mafia is very much alive and kicking.

Desperate migrants jump from rescue ship near Italy

Desperate migrants jump from rescue ship near Italy

Ten migrants rescued by a charity ship leapt into the water on Tuesday to try and swim to the nearby Italian island of Lampedusa in desperation after 19 days stuck on board.

How expensive is Italy compared to other EU countries?

How expensive is Italy compared to other EU countries?

What's cheaper in Italy than in other European countries, and what is more expensive? We took a look at the data to find out.

Everything you need to know about Calcio Storico, Italy's most violent tradition

Everything you need to know about Calcio Storico, Italy's most violent tradition

Each June, Florence's main square turns into an arena for a sport that's a brutal combination of rugby, football, and wrestling. The Local explores the history of this unique tradition.