Investigation launched in Italy after one of world's rarest bears dies during capture by rangers

An investigation has been launched in Italy into how one of the world’s rarest bears died after being captured and sedated by biologists.


Tourists face up to €10,000 fine for urinating in Renaissance loggia, as Florence braces for summer onslaught

Tourists caught urinating in the street in Florence have been hit with fines of up to 10,000 euros (£8,750) each as Italy vows to crack down on anti-social behaviour by visitors this summer.


Italy closes net on mafia godfather in Sicily with dawn raids and arrests

Italian police have arrested alleged supporters of the elusive head of the Sicilian mafia, uncovering a secret network of messages that allowed the fugitive boss to give orders to his mobster allies.


Italian language under siege from imported English words, warns Florence academy

The guardians of the Italian language have accused the country’s education ministry of packing a new school text with dozens of English words and phrases, in the latest row over the growing hold of English over the language of Dante.


Covering up of half-naked warrior statue for Islamic conference in Italy criticised as cultural censorship

The covering up of a marble statue of a muscular, half-naked Greek warrior for a conference on Islam in Italy has drawn accusations of overly-zealous cultural censorship.


Exorcisms booming as Christian faith declines and internet offers easy access to black magic, priests told

Demand for exorcisms is booming as a result of a decline in Christian faith and the internet providing easy access to black magic, the occult and Satanism, a Vatican conference for exorcist priests was told on Monday.


French ski guides plead guilty to causing British banker's death

Two mountain guides have pleaded guilty to causing the death of a British banker after an off-piste expedition in the Italian Alps turned to disaster.


Ski guides accept plea bargain over death of British banker

Two mountain guides have accepted a plea bargain over the death of a British banker after an off-piste expedition in the Italian Alps turned to disaster.


Pope Francis comes face to face with shaggy llamas in middle of St Peter's Square

Pope Francis came face to face with an unusual group of visitors from his homeland on Wednesday – three shaggy, full-grown llamas.


Italy busts 'jihadist' smuggling ring bringing migrants from Tunisia in high-speed boats

Italian authorities have arrested 13 suspects in a high-speed migrant trafficking ring operating between Tunisia and Sicily whose members espoused radical jihadist views.


The best trulli hotels in Puglia

A guide to the best trulli houses and hotels in Puglia, including the most magical places to stay in Alberobello, Ostuni, Locorotondo and Martina Franca.


Former Vatican adviser arrested on suspicion of watching child sex abuse

The Vatican said on Saturday a monsignor who was a former adviser at its US embassy in Washington has been arrested on suspicion of watching child sex abuse.

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