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Italy’s doctors go on strike all day Tuesday

Italy’s doctors go on strike all day Tuesday

Doctors across Italy will strike on December 12th in protest against spending cuts, pay freezes and temporary contracts.

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PICTURES: Weather warnings as snow and ice blanket northern Italy

PICTURES: Weather warnings as snow and ice blanket northern Italy

Parts of northern Italy are on red alert after a weekend of freezing rain and snow that has left roads icy, trains stuck and schools closed.

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An expat’s introduction to Italian healthcare

An expat’s introduction to Italian healthcare

Italy has one of the best healthcare systems in the world so if the unexpected does happen you’re in good hands.

 
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Ten Italian ski resorts that winter sports-lovers have to visit

Ten Italian ski resorts that winter sports-lovers have to visit

From classic Alpine resorts to the more unusual (Mount Etna, anyone?), here are the top ten locations for winter sports enthusiasts in Italy.

World's largest 'Christmas tree' in Gubbio lit up from space

World's largest 'Christmas tree' in Gubbio lit up from space

Central Italy's set of lights shaped like a Christmas tree on Monte Ingino is the largest in the world.

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The Swedish university tackling the challenges of tomorrow

The Swedish university tackling the challenges of tomorrow

Ranked among the world’s best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

 
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19 of your favourite Italian words (and some of ours)

19 of your favourite Italian words (and some of ours)

We asked you to pick your favourite Italian words. Here’s what you chose.

The ten most enchanting Christmas markets in Italy

The ten most enchanting Christmas markets in Italy

The most wonderful markets for the most wonderful time of the year.

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Job-hunting in Italy: The Italian words and phrases you need to know

Job-hunting in Italy: The Italian words and phrases you need to know

Embarking on a job hunt in a new country, not to mention a new language, is daunting to say the least. It is possible to get a job without speaking Italian in Italy, particularly if you speak fluent English, but knowing a few phrases can go a long way.

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Nine handy Venetian words to use on your next trip to Venice

Nine handy Venetian words to use on your next trip to Venice

If you're planning to travel to Venice, it's well worth learning a bit about the local dialect before you go.

These are officially the best pastry shops across Italy

These are officially the best pastry shops across Italy

From the creamy cannoli to crunchy biscotti, Italy is home to some of the world's most mouthwatering pastries, and if you're looking for the very best of the bunch, this list could provide the answer.

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Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand

Why coffee in Italy is a culture you must taste to understand

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

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Swedish women's handball team has viral hit with Zumba dance video

Swedish women's handball team has viral hit with Zumba dance video

Fresh off the back of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the World Women's Handball Championship for the first time since 2001, the Swedish women's handball team have also chalked up a further success after one of their Instagram videos went viral.

 

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Italian property of the week: A lakeside fortress in Umbria

Italian property of the week: A lakeside fortress in Umbria

Looking for a property that combines history with modernity? This house, which is an independent annexe of a 14th century fortress complex, could be your ideal Italian home.

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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.

Serie A preview: Inter look to consolidate top spot

Serie A preview: Inter look to consolidate top spot

After expertly dealing with flamboyant Napoli last Friday, December 1st, and securing a spot in the Champions League last 16, Juventus can make it a perfect week by denting Serie A leaders Inter Milan's title credentials this coming Saturday.

EU and UK reach initial agreement on citizens' rights, no Irish border and divorce settlement

EU and UK reach initial agreement on citizens' rights, no Irish border and divorce settlement

The groundbreaking agreement follows an intense 24 hours of negotiations and includes major breakthroughs on citizenship rights and the Irish-Northern Irish border issue. Most of all, it rebuilds confidence in the negotiations.

Valentino Rossi: 'I'm afraid to stop racing, I'm married to my motorbike'

Valentino Rossi: 'I'm afraid to stop racing, I'm married to my motorbike'

Italian motorcycling ace Valentino Rossi has revealed he is afraid to stop racing and intends to turn to cars when his career on two wheels ends.

Italian headteacher causes controversy by ending school prayers

Italian headteacher causes controversy by ending school prayers

People across Italy are weighing in on a headteacher’s decision to stop saying prayers and remove Catholic statues at a school in Sicily.

Italian PM 'very angry' with Spain over EU agency vote: Maroni

Italian PM 'very angry' with Spain over EU agency vote: Maroni

Lombardy's regional president Roberto Maroni threatened to give Catalan secessionists greater backing in retaliation.

Trade tree-cutting, a bike or Springsteen memorabilia for a hotel stay in Italy

Trade tree-cutting, a bike or Springsteen memorabilia for a hotel stay in Italy

This week is 'Barter Week', where you can treat yourself to a few days in a hotel at no cost – all you have to do is suggest a bargain.

The most dangerous road in Italy is a motorway near Milan

The most dangerous road in Italy is a motorway near Milan

The single most dangerous road in Italy is a motorway east of Milan, accident statistics show.

Milan loses out to Amsterdam to host European Medicines Agency

Milan loses out to Amsterdam to host European Medicines Agency

Milan narrowly lost the bid to host the European Union's drug agency when it moves out of London after Brexit.

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Pope Francis defends 'status quo' on Jerusalem

Pope Francis defends 'status quo' on Jerusalem

The pope appealed for the city's status to remain unchanged, hours before the US is expected to recognize it as Israel's capital.