Ever drunk your espresso sitting down - or ordered a cappuccino in the afternoon? If you've done either of these in Italy, then you're almost certainly not a native. For the lowdown on Italy's coffee culture, check out our essential guide.
A lawmaker from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party said he was submitting a draft bill on Thursday to recognise same-sex unions, a day after France celebrated its first gay wedding.
Luca Parmitano landed in space this morning, just over five-and-a-half hours after taking off from Kazakhstan. He's the youngest astronaut to be given a long-duration International Space Station mission and the first Italian to walk in space.