A €12 million fund will be available immediately for city councils to spend on public transport and car-sharing in an effort to combat severely high smog levels, Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said.
Italy kicks off 2016 with two public holidays in January. Photo: Paul Richards/Flickr
It was meant to be a “sort of” joke by four friends, but an invitation to spend New Year’s Eve at the motorway diner, Autogrill, attracted almost 13,000 revellers, forcing the restaurant to disconnect its phone line after a surge in calls from people eager to get on the party list.
Record low tides in Venice are making life difficult for the city's boatmen. Photo: Chris Chabot
As world leaders meet in Paris in an effort to stop man-made climate change reaching the point of no return, The Local looks at ways it is already affecting Italy and what the country can expect if it continues unabated.
Police have dismantled an elaborate network of thieves at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, including cleaners, ground crew and passenger assistants, who were behind the theft of valuable paintings from passengers in transit.
It may have been an unusually mild winter so far, but meteorologists are predicting wintry weather will arrive on Thursday, with icy air set to send the mercury plunging and bringing snow to northern Italy.