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Ten Christmas nativity scenes you'll only see in Italy

Ten Christmas nativity scenes you'll only see in Italy

There's nothing traditional about these nativities.

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A Facebook 'like' can constitute apology for terrorism, rules Italy's top court

A Facebook 'like' can constitute apology for terrorism, rules Italy's top court

Clicking 'like' on a terrorist video on Facebook counts as evidence of apology for terrorism, Italy's top court has ruled.

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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.

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Rome's Pantheon to start charging visitors next May

Rome's Pantheon to start charging visitors next May

Tickets will cost €2, with the money going towards maintenance and protection of the ancient site.

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

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.

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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.

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'Godfather' of Italian cooking, Antonio Carluccio, dead at 80

'Godfather' of Italian cooking, Antonio Carluccio, dead at 80

The man who helped bring Italian home cooking to Britain, Antonio Carluccio, has died at the age of 80.

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."

From horror journey of migration to Italian fashion world

From horror journey of migration to Italian fashion world

From forced labour in Libya to a job as a founding member of an Italian fashion start-up, Bassirou has come a long way in two years, thanks to his skills with scissors.

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Paris vows to ban use of wild animals in circuses

Paris vows to ban use of wild animals in circuses

Paris chiefs say they are "committed to a city without wild animals in circuses..." but have they gone far enough?

 

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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.

Residents evacuated, traffic disrupted as snow and ice continue to batter Italy

Residents evacuated, traffic disrupted as snow and ice continue to batter Italy

A wave of rain, snow, and extreme cold weather was continuing to cause disruption across Italy on Tuesday, particularly in the north of the country.

Italian newspaper offices blockaded by far-right Forza Nuova party

Italian newspaper offices blockaded by far-right Forza Nuova party

Journalists at La Repubblica and L’Espresso saw their offices targeted by supporters of Italy’s Forza Nuova in what the far-right party called the start of a “war” against the left.

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.

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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Giro d'Italia backpedals over 'west Jerusalem' after Israel objects

Giro d'Italia backpedals over 'west Jerusalem' after Israel objects

Giro d'Italia organizers said on Thursday they removed references to "west Jerusalem" for next year's cycling race, after Israel threatened to drop an agreement to host the start of the event.