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How to avoid getting ripped off in Rome

How to avoid getting ripped off in Rome

Remember those hapless tourists who were charged £54 for four cones of ice cream near the Spanish steps? If you're planning a Roman holiday or moving to the city take note of our tips to avoid getting ripped off.

'Italians prefer to do business face to face'

'Italians prefer to do business face to face'

When American dentist Rick Zullo came to Italy in 2010, he was intending to stay for just a few months. But after falling in love with his Italian teacher, he had to rethink his plans. Three years on, he tells The Local how he kickstarted a new career as an English teacher.

Costa Concordia captain to go on trial in July

Costa Concordia captain to go on trial in July

Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship will go on trial from July 9th for manslaughter over the January 2012 disaster in which 32 people lost their lives, an Italian judge ruled on Wednesday.

The Italian film director vying for a Palme d'Or

The Italian film director vying for a Palme d'Or

His film, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), is the only Italian contender for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The gong will be presented by a jury led by Steven Spielberg on Sunday. Meet Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian Face of the Week.

Girlfriend in a coma: Will Italy pull through?

Girlfriend in a coma: Will Italy pull through?

With their dazzling documentary film, ex-Economist editor Bill Emmott and film-maker Annalisa Piras rattled the Italian establishment in the run-up to the recent election. Now Emmott's rocky love affair with the country has entered a new phase, he tells The Local.

Director Bruni-Tedeschi gets personal at Cannes

Director Bruni-Tedeschi gets personal at Cannes

Italian-French director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, the sister of France's former First Lady Carla Bruni, relived a painful chapter of her family history in a film presented at Cannes on Tuesday in which she cast her real-life mother and ex-lover.

Robbers use Molotov cocktails in jewellery raid

Robbers use Molotov cocktails in jewellery raid

A group of armed and masked robbers looted a jewellery shop in broad daylight in Milan's luxury shopping quarter on Tuesday and threw Molotov cocktails in the street, wounding two people in their escape.