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Pope cars auctioned off to help Syrian refugees
The cars have personalized number plates. Photo: AFP

Got a spare €9,000?

Renzi revives plan for a 'bridge to Sicily'
Renzi said the bridge would "bring Sicily closer". Photo: Sarah Murray/Flickr

The bridge was first dreamed up in the 1960's, but no prime minister has succeeded in bringing it to fruition.

‘Destitute’ private jet owner fined thousands for tax fraud
The private jet-owner claimed to have no income or property. File photo: Bob Adams/Flickr

He had a private aeroplane and eight homes.

Italian mayor refuses to officiate civil unions
A protest in favour of civil unions earlier this year. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

“Why can’t a mayor be a conscientious objector?”

Netflix to launch 'illuminating' Amanda Knox documentary
Amanda Knox in court for her first appeal of her murder conviction. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP pool/AFP

The documentary comes out on Netflix on Friday.

Venetians dress as pirates to protest cruise ships
A protestor at a previous demonstration against large ships. Photo: AFP

Locals aren't happy about the presence of huge cruise ships in the Venetian lagoon.

EU, Rome warn Swiss region over vote to curb migrants
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Photo: AFP

The southern Swiss region Ticino voted on Monday to curb job access for workers living across the border in Italy.

Opinion: US Elections
Americans abroad: get off the fence, stop Trump

If you're an American in Europe, don't let high-minded queasiness stop you using your vote - there's too much at stake, says Laura Shields of Democrats Abroad.

Outcry in Italy over Swiss vote to ban foreign workers
Airolo in the Gotthard Pass. Photo: Dmitry A. Mottl

The Ticino region borders Italy, with 63,000 jobs there held by cross-border workers.

Features
Learning Italian
The phrases you'll need to survive at work in Italy
Vital Italian phrases to use at work in Italy. Photo: Fortune Live Media/flickr

Living and working in Italy is a dream come true for many, but the language barrier can make the transition daunting. Here are the vital phrases you'll need in an Italian office.

Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand
Photo: Red Flake/Flickr

"To live in Italy, one must do more than drink coffee. One must understand coffee."

Italy's tourist jewel feels the strain of fame
The Cinque Terre village of Vernazza. Photo: Lucadea/Flickr

A surge in the number of Chinese visitors is only one of the reasons that the Cinque Terre, a Unesco world heritage site that is home to some 5,000 people, attracted 2.5 million tourists last year.

So why do pasta-loving Italians live such long lives?
Photo: Dana McMahan/Flickr

"The point is this: the time-tested traditions of the Italian kitchen contain more wisdom than any scientific study ever could."

Trastevere: From a fiery past to Rome’s souvenir stand
Photo: Mozzercork/Flickr

Walk into Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood and it feels like a theme park. But it wasn't so long ago the picturesque area was considered one of Europe's most interesting, especially with its fiery, and violent, history.

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Migrant documentary to represent Italy at Oscars
Migrants arriving at Lampedusa's port in 2015. Photo: AFP

The film looks at the thousands of arrivals on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Italian doctors remove wrong kidney from sick man
File photo: Pexels

Doctors wondered why the man wasn't recovering after having his kidney removed...

Italy's migrant centres are running out of money
Migrants at a Red Cross centre in Ventimiglia, near the French border. Photo: AFP

Housing, food and health care for migrants is expected to cost Italy over €1 billion this year.

Cat rescued after 32 days trapped in quake rubble
Rocco the cat after being rescued. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

Rocco the cat survived 32 days in the ruins in Amatrice.

Tourists fined €900 for drinking on Rome's Spanish Steps
A picture of the incident circulated by police. Photo: Rome police

The steps had been open less than 24 hours when the first fines were handed out...

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From our other editions
Muslim woman attacked and bitten in Vienna
The woman had swelling and bruises on her forehead. Photo: Haber Journal

The family of a Muslim woman who was attacked in Vienna by an unknown assailant suspect the assault was motivated by Islamophobia.

Survey: expats in Switzerland have money but few friends
File photo: Ivo Scholz/Swiss-image.ch

Expats in Switzerland have the best earning prospects in the world but among the worst social lives, according to a new survey.

Over 500,000 rejected asylum seekers still live in Germany
Asylum seekers in Leipzig who had their applications denied are taken to the airport. Photo: DPA.

A new report shows that more than half a million people who had their asylum applications rejected are still living in Germany, three-quarters of whom have been in the country for more than six years.

Meet Denmark's new anti-immigration party
Nye Borgerlige's Pernille Vermund and Peter Seier Christensen held a press conference on Thursday after qualifying for the next election. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Scanpix 2016)

A new political party that promises a stricter immigration policy than the Danish People’s Party combined with a libertarian economic outlook will be on the ballot the next time Denmark holds an election.

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Ten facts you probably didn't know about Spanish wine
Spain is the biggest exporter of wine in the world. Photo: LexnGer/Flickr

As the wine harvest gets well underway across Spain, The Local celebrates the nation's favourite tipple with some little known facts.

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