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 Italian film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli dies aged 96

Italian film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli dies aged 96

Italian film and opera legend Franco Zeffirelli died Saturday at the age of 96 at his home in Rome, local media reported.

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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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.

‘If you have an accident, no-one is coming for you’

‘If you have an accident, no-one is coming for you’

Your profession may take you to risky destinations but it’s your job to make sure you’re protected.

 
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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?

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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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.

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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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.

Why does Italy now have three unpaid 'reservist' MEPs?

Why does Italy now have three unpaid 'reservist' MEPs?

At the most recent European elections, Italy elected 73 new members of the European Parliament, plus three who will be on the bench for the next few months.

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.

Striking French workers blockade world's largest Nutella factory

Striking French workers blockade world's largest Nutella factory

Production of the sweet spread has almost ground to a halt as raw materials run short.

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.

Barcelona mayor reelected after beating separatist

Barcelona mayor reelected after beating separatist

Barcelona's acting mayor Ada Colau was re-elected on Saturday, beating a Catalan separatist who had come first in municipal polls.

 

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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.

Hot weather brings plagues of insects to Sardinia and northern Italy

Hot weather brings plagues of insects to Sardinia and northern Italy

Millions of locusts have devastated at least 2,000 hectares of crops in Sardinia, in what's been called the worst invasion in 60 years.

Eurozone ministers urge Italy: 'Rethink your budget'

Eurozone ministers urge Italy: 'Rethink your budget'

Ministers urged Italy to avoid a row with Brussels over a budget that could put the whole European economy at risk.

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 booming Prosecco production is 'unsustainable', say researchers

Italy's booming Prosecco production is 'unsustainable', say researchers

Skyrocketing global demand for Prosecco may be putting too much strain on the precious soil in northeastern Italy’s vineyards, Italian researchers reported.

EU puts Italy on notice over spend-happy budget

EU puts Italy on notice over spend-happy budget

Italy could face a fine of more than €3 billion if Brussels decides to sanction it for flouting spending rules.

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.