The Local : Italy (33)

What to expect at Milan Fashion Week: Hot new talent and bans on ultra-thin models

Fashion week roars into Milan on Wednesday with hotly anticipated shows from fresh talent as well as from luxury titans including Moschino and Armani, who are battling for their share of a rebounding market.

Why Florence is the perfect setting for Theresa May's big Brexit speech

British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to travel to Florence to give a major speech on Brexit has led to raised eyebrows. But the Tuscan city is actually the perfect setting for her talk, argues Andrew Glencross, senior lecturer at Aston University.

Italy's oldest man has died at the age of 111

Italy's oldest living man has died at the age of 111, according to local media reports on Tuesday.

German NGO urges Italy to release seized migrant rescue boat

A German NGO whose migrant rescue boat was impounded by Italian authorities on suspicion of collusion with people traffickers said on Tuesday it had been the victim of a "despicable smear campaign".

Vatican corruption trial: Charity directors 'revamped cardinal's flat with hospital money'

A luxury penthouse occupied by a top cardinal was given a costly renovation so it could hold fundraising dinners, a Vatican corruption trial heard on Tuesday.

Italian property of the week: Seaside condo on the toe of Italy's boot

Calabria is a popular region among foreign property buyers thanks to the sunny beaches and beautiful landscapes that have earned it a reputation as 'the Caribbean of Europe'. If you want to move there, property can be surprisingly budget-friendly.

Motorcycling: Rossi returns to training just 18 days after double leg fracture

Italian motorcycling ace Valentino Rossi has returned to training just 18 days after suffering a double leg fracture, his Movistar Yahama team confirmed.

Italian man under police investigation after his dogs mauled his granddaughter to death

A 63-year-old man has been placed under investigation in northern Italy after his dogs mauled his one-year-old granddaughter to death.

Rome to increase security after German woman is bound and raped in park

A woman was tied naked to a pole and raped in a Rome park, according to Italian media reports on Monday, the latest in a string of violent sexual assaults reported in the capital.

Giro d'Italia unveils Israel start, moving outside Europe for the first time

Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso helped unveil plans Monday for a challenging start to the 2018 Giro d'Italia in Israel, the first time one of cycling's three major races will begin outside Europe.

Ryanair cancels over 700 flights to and from Italy

Low-cost airline Ryanair has announced that up to 50 flights each day will be cancelled until the end of October, sparking travel chaos across Europe with all the airports it uses in Italy hit by the cancellations.

'A 145-year-old startup': Pirelli will be relisted on Milan bourse

Pirelli will be relisted on the Milan bourse on October 4th following the biggest new share offer in Europe this year, the tyremaker announced on Monday.

Lampedusa's anti-migration mayor says the island is 'collapsing'

The Italian island of Lampedusa became a symbol for the country's welcoming culture towards migrants, and an award-winning film showed how islanders and new arrivals lived together in harmony.

Italy's Five Star Movement gets ready to choose its candidate for PM

Italy's Five Star Movement has launched primaries to choose its candidate for prime minister in the upcoming general election.

Italian navy divers find and detonate two American Second World War bombs

Divers from the Italian navy have recovered two American aerial bombs found in a river in the north-east of the country, in what the navy called a "delicate and complex operation".

Spike in arrivals of migrants across the Mediterranean to Italy

Libya's coastguard has rescued over 3,000 migrants aiming to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in the past week, while Italy picked up another 2,000 in recent days, official and reports said on Sunday.

€1 million cash stash found at home of alleged Italian drugs boss

Police in the southern Italian city of Bari said on Saturday they had unearthed a cash stash of a suspected local drugs kingpin who hid away around €1 million at his home.

Vatican recalls diplomat from US in child porn probe

The Vatican has recalled a priest serving as an envoy in Washington and opened a child pornography investigation after US officials asked the church to lift his diplomatic immunity.

ECB fines rescued Italian bank €11.2 million

The European Central Bank has fined an Italian bank in the throes of a state rescue for breaking rules on risk and disclosing information, the Frankfurt institution said on Friday.

Northern League leader lashes out over frozen bank accounts

The leader of the far-right Northern League has accused magistrates of trying to derail the party ahead of general elections after a Genoa court froze several of its bank accounts.

Prostitutes' customers in Florence face jail and fines

Men caught asking for sex in exchange for money in Florence risk up to three months in jail or a fine of up to €206.

Italy 'still committed' to bill on citizenship rights for migrant children

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said the government is still committed to a bill that would grant citizenship rights to children born to migrant parents.

Italy, Greece guarded on Juncker's finance minister plan

Italy and Greece on Thursday gave a guarded response to EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's call for a Euro-wide finance minister, saying there was little point in creating the job just for the sake of it.

Police rescue teenage girl sold into 'probable slavery' by father in Florence

Italian police have rescued a 17-year-old girl who had been kept trapped in a basement for four years by her father, who intended to illegally sell her into marriage.

Rome suspends blood donations after mosquito-borne chikungunya cases

The city of Rome on Wednesday announced it would carry out a fast-track anti-mosquito campaign after a string of suspected cases of the insect-borne chikungunya virus were detected in the region.

Italian town backs down on parking spots reserved for pregnant 'EU' women and mothers only

A northern Italian town council has been forced to modify regulations which appeared to exclude gay and non-EU women from parking spaces aimed at pregnant women and mothers.

Italian town backs down on parking spots reserved for pregnant 'EU' women and mothers only

The anti immigration Lega Nord administration in the town of Pontida had proposed parking spaces reserved for pregnant women and mothers, automatically excluding LGBT and non-EU women.

New Caravaggio museum aims to separate fakes from original masterpieces

An institute dedicated to the work of the Italian artist Caravaggio, aimed particularly at identifying his genuine paintings, is to open in Rome.

Italian police bust Sicilian-Colombian cocaine racket

An investigation by Italy's police and the anti-drugs squad found several representatives of Colombian drug barons selling cocaine across Sicily with the help of the local mafia.

British PM to make Brexit speech in Florence in charm offensive to Italy

British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Italy next week to make a major speech on Brexit, Downing Street said on Wednesday September 13th.

Why Bologna should be the next place you visit in Italy

Often neglected on travel itineraries in favour of Italy's more famous hotspots, Bologna nevertheless has plenty to offer tourists, from food to art to hidden secrets. Here are nine reasons you should visit at least once in your lifetime.

Police in Italy fight back against theft of art from churches

Most of the works of art were stolen from churches in southern Italy and some are nearly 500 years old.

Egyptian authorities arrest lawyer linked to slain Italian student Regeni

Authorities in Egypt have arrested a lawyer whose human rights group opposes enforced disappearances and is linked to one such case involving murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni, officials said on Wednesday September 13th.