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Five million people are still living in 'absolute' poverty in Italy

Five million people are still living in 'absolute' poverty in Italy

There's been no change in levels of 'absolute poverty' in Italy, the latest figures show.

Italian crime writer Andrea Camilleri critically ill in hospital

Italian crime writer Andrea Camilleri critically ill in hospital

The Montalbano author, 93, was rushed to intensive care in Rome after a suspected heart attack.

Seven golden rules for moving abroad with children

Seven golden rules for moving abroad with children

Starting a new life abroad is daunting at any age. And for children, who might not have a say in the big move, there is lots of excitement and anxiety about the new place they will soon call home.

 
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Property: What can you buy for 500K around Italy?
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Property: What can you buy for 500K around Italy?

Are you dreaming of a chic city-centre apartment or a peaceful villa in the country? Here's what you could buy in Italy for less than €500,000.

Italian word of the day: 'Ogni'

Italian word of the day: 'Ogni'

You'll find this word everywhere. But do you get it right every time?

How and why learning a new language messes with your old one

How and why learning a new language messes with your old one

Many people report forgetting words or phrases from their native language when they learn a second language. The Local explored this linguistic phenomenon, known as first-language attrition.

 
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Agriturismo: Italian region declares only local wines can be served to tourists

Agriturismo: Italian region declares only local wines can be served to tourists

Farmhouse hotels in Lombardy must serve 80 percent local food and always local wine, the northern region has declared.

Five ways expats can benefit from international health insurance

Five ways expats can benefit from international health insurance

Moving abroad is a massive upheaval, physically and emotionally. Knowing your health is covered no matter where you are and whatever happens can be a huge weight off your shoulders.

 
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Sardinia, Cilento and Tuscany top Italian seaside awards

Sardinia, Cilento and Tuscany top Italian seaside awards

Sardinia dominates another "best beaches" list as a new ranking reveals the best seaside resorts and cleanest coastal areas in Italy.

How can you get ahead in Italy?

How can you get ahead in Italy?

Every country has its own idiosyncrasies when it comes to corporate culture and the way we work. Italy is no different and navigating an upward curve in your career can seem difficult if you’re used to a different system.

 
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Europe & You: An interesting new Brexit poll and what's Switzerland's problem with the EU?

Europe & You: An interesting new Brexit poll and what's Switzerland's problem with the EU?

Here's our latest Europe & You newsletter covering everything from a French warning for Boris Johnson, an interesting new Brexit poll and a look at Switzerland's problem with the EU.

Spain's Almodovar to win life award at Venice Film Festival

Spain's Almodovar to win life award at Venice Film Festival

Spanish director Pedro Almodovar will receive a Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival this year, the organisers said on Friday.

Gestures and insults: how to argue exactly like an Italian

Gestures and insults: how to argue exactly like an Italian

The language of love it may be, but the passion we associate with Italian also makes for its fair share of arguments.

Zurich's ETH uni overtakes Cambridge in new global rankings

Zurich's ETH uni overtakes Cambridge in new global rankings

There is plenty of good news for Switzerland in the latest QS global university rankings.

 

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The real cost of buying a house in Italy as a foreigner
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The real cost of buying a house in Italy as a foreigner

How much does buying a home in Italy really cost? Here's our expert guide to the fees, taxes and charges involved.

Why is Italy talking about introducing another currency?

Why is Italy talking about introducing another currency?

The Italian government is proposing issuing a new form of currency. But why? And what would it mean for the euro?

Italy 'absolutely determined' to avoid EU sanctions over debt: PM

Italy 'absolutely determined' to avoid EU sanctions over debt: PM

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says his government is determined to avoid triggering an unprecedented EU fine of more than €3 billion for racking up public debt.

No vaccine, no school: unvaccinated Italian children will be sent home

No vaccine, no school: unvaccinated Italian children will be sent home

Italian parents have been warned not to send their children to school unless they've been properly vaccinated in the latest government u-turn.

Facebook shuts down more than 20 'fake news' pages in Italy

Facebook shuts down more than 20 'fake news' pages in Italy

Facebook has shut down multiple Italian pages spreading misinformation, hate speech and political propaganda in the run-up to the European elections.

Venice to kick out visitors caught behaving badly

Venice to kick out visitors caught behaving badly

Visitors caught snacking, sunbathing or taking a dip in Venice's canals risk being kicked out of the city and banned from returning, under the latest rules aimed at reining in disruptive tourists.

What is Italy doing about the shocking level of plastic pollution on its coastline?

What is Italy doing about the shocking level of plastic pollution on its coastline?

As the world prepares to mark World Oceans Day, we look at what Italy is doing to clean up the coast.

Italy's populists lash out at Brussels over EU's debt warning

Italy's populists lash out at Brussels over EU's debt warning

"Every day they find another reason to say bad things about Italy and this government," complained deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio.

European stocks drop as trouble brews between Rome and Brussels

European stocks drop as trouble brews between Rome and Brussels

"Italy is once again becoming a problem for the eurozone," analysts said as a fresh political row brews over Italy's budget deficit.

Italian teen gets football ban for flashing female ref

Italian teen gets football ban for flashing female ref

An Italian boy has been banned for a year after exposing himself to taunt a female referee during an amateur football match.