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Sunday 23rd January

Five things to know about Italy’s presidential election on Monday

Five things to know about Italy’s presidential election on Monday

Italy's parliament starts voting Monday for a new president -- a process that could take several days and, with Prime Minister Mario Draghi tipped for the job, risks destabilising the government.

‘Italy needs unity’: Berlusconi pulls out of presidential race

‘Italy needs unity’: Berlusconi pulls out of presidential race

Saturday 22nd January

EXPLAINED: How do Italy’s presidential elections work?
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EXPLAINED: How do Italy’s presidential elections work?

Elections for Italy's next president take place on Monday - but what exactly does an Italian president do, and how does the election process work? Here's what you need to know.

Omicron ‘sub-variant’ throws up new virus questions

Omicron ‘sub-variant’ throws up new virus questions

How long do non-EU citizens have to be present in EU to avoid losing residency status?

How long do non-EU citizens have to be present in EU to avoid losing residency status?

Bank of Italy lowers country’s 2022 growth forecast

Bank of Italy lowers country’s 2022 growth forecast

Italy ups financial aid as energy costs soar again

Italy ups financial aid as energy costs soar again

Thursday 20th January

Italy tightens Covid green pass requirements for hairdressers and shops

Italy tightens Covid green pass requirements for hairdressers and shops

As the requirement to show a Covid-19 heath certificate at hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons comes into effect on Thursday, the Italian government is planning to extend the rule to other businesses.

Trains delayed in southern Italy after 4.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Calabria

Trains delayed in southern Italy after 4.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Calabria

Italian expression of the day: Ce l’ha con te
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Italian expression of the day: Ce l’ha con te

Tuesday 18th January

How Italy’s building ‘superbonus’ has changed in 2022
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How Italy’s building ‘superbonus’ has changed in 2022

The Italian government extended its popular building 'superbonus' scheme in its 2022 budget. Here's what those buying and renovating property need to know about the latest changes and deadlines.

Italy set to make Covid green pass mandatory for entry to ‘non-essential’ shops

Italy set to make Covid green pass mandatory for entry to ‘non-essential’ shops

Trial to begin five years after Italy’s deadly Hotel Rigopiano avalanche

Trial to begin five years after Italy’s deadly Hotel Rigopiano avalanche

Saturday 15th January

Italian right backs Berlusconi’s bid for presidency

Italian right backs Berlusconi’s bid for presidency

Italy's right-wing parties agreed Friday to support former premier and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi in his bid to become head of state, ten days before voting begins in parliament.   

Can foreigners in Italy use the national Covid vaccination booking website?
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Can foreigners in Italy use the national Covid vaccination booking website?

The best events and festivals in Italy in 2022
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The best events and festivals in Italy in 2022

Friday 14th January

‘What I learned by moving our family from India to Italy’

‘What I learned by moving our family from India to Italy’

Milan-based blogger Maheshwaran Jothi has lived in Italy with his family since 2013. He spoke to The Local about why they've stayed and what he’s learned along the way.

Italy’s Omicron wave ‘to peak in 5-10 days’ as contagion rate slows

Italy’s Omicron wave ‘to peak in 5-10 days’ as contagion rate slows

MAP: The Italian regions becoming Covid ‘orange’ zones in January
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MAP: The Italian regions becoming Covid ‘orange’ zones in January

Thursday 13th January

How many people does Italy grant work permits to every year?

How many people does Italy grant work permits to every year?

Planning to move to Italy for work from outside Europe? You'll need to qualify for a permit under Italy’s foreign workers quota.

Over-50s in Italy without Covid booster face 100 euro fine

Over-50s in Italy without Covid booster face 100 euro fine

Costa Concordia: Survivors mark 10 years since Italian cruise ship disaster

Costa Concordia: Survivors mark 10 years since Italian cruise ship disaster

Wednesday 12th January

Why one expert believes the pandemic in Italy will ‘end in spring’

Why one expert believes the pandemic in Italy will ‘end in spring’

While infection and hospitalisation rates continue to rise in Italy, some experts are optimistic that the ongoing vaccination campaign could soon mean the end of the health emergency.

Four Italian regions may become Covid ‘orange’ zones from Monday

Four Italian regions may become Covid ‘orange’ zones from Monday

Tuesday 11th January

The rules Swiss cross-border shoppers in France and Italy should know
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The rules Swiss cross-border shoppers in France and Italy should know

If you live in Swiss regions of Geneva, Vaud, Jura, Neuchâtel or Ticino you probably shop in France or Italy more or less regularly. Here are the rules you should know about.

PM Mario Draghi hits out at the unvaccinated for Italy’s Covid problems

PM Mario Draghi hits out at the unvaccinated for Italy’s Covid problems

Monday 10th January

EXPLAINED: Where you need Italy’s Covid vaccine pass from January 10th
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EXPLAINED: Where you need Italy’s Covid vaccine pass from January 10th

Italy's Covid restrictions change once again from Monday January 10th. Here's what you need to know.

Saturday 8th January

FBI arrest Italian publishing exec for manuscript theft scam

FBI arrest Italian publishing exec for manuscript theft scam

A mystery that has shaken the literary world for years -- the theft of hundreds of unpublished manuscripts from distinguished authors -- may finally be about to be solved.

Case of African swine fever confirmed in northern Italy

Case of African swine fever confirmed in northern Italy

Friday 7th January

MAP: Which Italian regions become ‘yellow’ zones from Monday?
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MAP: Which Italian regions become ‘yellow’ zones from Monday?

With Italy bringing in stricter Covid rules as the country’s infection rate soars, more regions are turning into a more restricted 'yellow' zones. Here's which regions become yellow zones from Monday.

Can I take Italian meat, cheese and wine into the UK in 2022?
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Can I take Italian meat, cheese and wine into the UK in 2022?

Thursday 6th January

Back to school: What are Italy’s new Covid restrictions in classrooms?

Back to school: What are Italy’s new Covid restrictions in classrooms?

As millions of children gear up for a return to school, Italy has updated its quarantine rules in its latest set of anti-Covid measures.

EXPLAINED: What’s in Italy’s latest Covid decree?
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EXPLAINED: What’s in Italy’s latest Covid decree?

Tuesday 4th January

The Italian holiday calendar for 2022
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The Italian holiday calendar for 2022

We said it last year and we'll say it again - hopefully 2022 will be a better year, but in terms of Italian public holidays and 'bridges' it's not looking too good. Here's why.

Schools: Italy plans new Covid quarantine and distance learning rules

Schools: Italy plans new Covid quarantine and distance learning rules

Italy set to expand Covid ‘super green pass’ to all workplaces

Italy set to expand Covid ‘super green pass’ to all workplaces

Voting for new Italian president to begin on January 24th

Voting for new Italian president to begin on January 24th

45 Covid positive cruise passengers disembark in Italy

45 Covid positive cruise passengers disembark in Italy

Monday 3rd January

Is Italy about to make Covid vaccine passes mandatory for all employees?

Is Italy about to make Covid vaccine passes mandatory for all employees?

Italy has been discussing a vaccine mandate since late summer, and the measure is now expected to be approved this week. But how certain is this to happen, and who would it apply to?

What changes about life in Italy in January 2022
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What changes about life in Italy in January 2022

Four more Italian regions become ‘yellow’ zones on Monday amid Covid surge

Four more Italian regions become ‘yellow’ zones on Monday amid Covid surge

Sunday 2nd January

Europe tops 100 million Covid cases

Europe tops 100 million Covid cases

Europe has recorded over 100 million coronavirus cases, more than a third of all infections worldwide, since the start of the pandemic, an AFP tally Saturday showed.

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