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Five reasons to date an Italian (and five not to)

Five reasons to date an Italian (and five not to)

Italians have a bad reputation when it comes to matters of the heart. Should foreigners steer well clear of Latin lovers, or is the Casanova approach a thing of the past? The Local explores the reasons to - and the reasons not to - date an Italian.

Italian town prepares to party for New York mayor

Italian town prepares to party for New York mayor

A small town in southern Italy where New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's grandfather came from was preparing to celebrate his likely election on Tuesday, the mayor said.

Book about fascist Italian poet wins top prize

Book about fascist Italian poet wins top prize

A biography of Gabriele D'Annunzio, a fascist Italian poet who influenced dictator Benito Mussolini and is described as being a "repellent egotist" who loved "flowers, poetry and sex" has been awarded the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, the most prestigious award of its kind in the UK.

Italy's prized historical sites up for sale

Italy's prized historical sites up for sale

Fifty of Italy's prized historical assets are to be auctioned off as part of a plan to help repay the country's national debt. The Local takes a closer look at seven on the list, which includes fortresses, two Venetian islands and the castle which hosted Tom Cruise's Scientology wedding.

'Italian police want to smear us': Norway firm

'Italian police want to smear us': Norway firm

The Norwegian company accused of running a "child kidnapping and human trafficking gang" in Italy has accused police in Palermo, Sicily, of deliberately seeking to smear it with false allegations.

Boy jumps from balcony after Playstation spat

Boy jumps from balcony after Playstation spat

A 13-year-old boy threw himself from the balcony of his home in Bergamo, northern Italy, after his father destroyed his Playstation.

Berlusconi party racks up hefty food bill

Berlusconi party racks up hefty food bill

Politicians from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party in Emilia-Romagna have squandered three times as much on their lunch and dinners as their counterparts from the Democratic Party (PD).

Italians invited to snitch on the mafia

Italians invited to snitch on the mafia

A group of Italian computer boffins have launched a new website, Mafialeaks, aimed at encouraging victims of organised crime and former gangsters to spill the beans.

'There are no 'good' or 'bad' tomatoes in Italy'

'There are no 'good' or 'bad' tomatoes in Italy'

An Italian tomato sauce company sparked a row on Monday after discriminating tomatoes produced in Italy's "contaminated" south against those produced in the north in one of its ads.

Italy squanders €188 million on making coins

Italy squanders €188 million on making coins

Italian politicians are up in arms over the revelation that the country spends €362 million to produce just €173 million worth of euro coins.

Barilla strives to become gay-friendly

Barilla strives to become gay-friendly

The world's biggest pasta company, Barilla, has hired consultants to help it become more gay-friendly after its president sparked an outcry when he said the company would never feature gay families in its advertisements.

Venice imposes new canal rules after crash

Venice imposes new canal rules after crash

Venice imposed new rules for boats riding through its famous canals on Monday following a crash between a gondola and a ferry in August in which a German tourist was killed on the Grand Canal.