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Barilla boss denied award over gay remarks

Barilla boss denied award over gay remarks

Councillors for Italy's People of Freedom (PdL) party have withdrawn their nomination for Guido Barilla, the president of the Barilla pasta firm, to receive Milan's prestigious Ambrogino d'Oro award after he said he would never allow adverts featuring gay families.

'Look beyond Europe to stop migrant deaths'

'Look beyond Europe to stop migrant deaths'

After more than 300 migrants drowned off Italy's coast last week, the government and EU promised to boost efforts to prevent further tragedies. The Local looks to East Africa, where the victims came from, and Libya from where the boat departed, to find out what could be done beyond Italy's borders.

Italians are richer than the Germans

Italians are richer than the Germans

Italian households might be poorer than the French, but they are richer than the Germans when it comes to average wealth, according to a report released on Wednesday by Credit Suisse.

Outrage over Lampedusa Facebook page

Outrage over Lampedusa Facebook page

A "racist" Facebook page directed at the hundreds of migrants who lost their lives off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa last week has sparked outrage in Italy. The page has now been removed.

Italy to hold state funeral for shipwreck victims

Italy to hold state funeral for shipwreck victims

Italy will hold a state funeral for the victims of a shipwreck off the southern island of Lampedusa last week, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Wednesday. So far, 232 asylum-seekers have been confirmed dead. Between 450 and 500 were reported to have been on board when the boat caught fire and sunk.

Long-lost Orson Welles film screened in Italy

Long-lost Orson Welles film screened in Italy

A long-lost film by legendary US director Orson Welles is being shown in Italy on Wednesday for the first time in decades after being mysteriously recovered in a removal company warehouse.

German made to clean child's bridge scribbles

German made to clean child's bridge scribbles

A German tourist was told to clean Florence's famous Ponte Vecchio and slapped with a €160 fine after his daughter drew on it with a felt-tip pen.

Tourism pushes Venice to 'tipping point'

Tourism pushes Venice to 'tipping point'

Venice - suffering from an unsustainable level of tourism - has been added to a list of 67 global sites in need of protection by a foundation.

Barroso and Letta heckled in Lampedusa

Barroso and Letta heckled in Lampedusa

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta were heckled by activists and local residents with shouts of "Disgrace!" and "Killers!" as they arrived on the refugee island of Lampedusa on Wednesday.

Italians break underwater kiss 'world record’

Italians break underwater kiss 'world record'

Two Italians claim to have broken the world record for the deepest underwater kiss. The Local spoke to diver Paolo Pedrinazzi to find out how it was done.

Struggling Alitalia in last-gasp bid for survival

Struggling Alitalia in last-gasp bid for survival

Five years after a botched rescue, Italy's troubled carrier Alitalia is gasping for survival buried by a mountain of debt, unpaid gas bills and only the slimmest of options.