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Do you need a place to stay? How does flat or apartment rental work? Do you want to buy a property for yourself or investment? Learn all about renting and buying from this article on our web site with photos of real places I rented over several years.

An excerpt: "Although Italian landlords have no problem asking for two to three months of deposits, they have a tendency to be very suspicious of tenants. Almost every single landlord that I spoke to have the mentality that the tenant will likely to not to take good care of the apartment and will leave it in poor condition or destroyed upon moving out. As a result, they tend to put the worst quality things in there and call it “furnished”. "

http://www.expatsinitaly.com/articles/renting-in-italy.html


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Long before Apple's first personal computer, Olivetti company from Italy came up with the first one.

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Italy bails out the oldest surviving bank in the world Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

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No more roaming fee for European Union mobile phone users!

As from 15 June, mobile users travelling to other countries in the EU will be able to call, text or surf the net without paying any extra charges. The last requirement for abolishing mobile roaming fees was met today with the adoption by the Council of the legal act that limits how much operators may charge each other to allow roaming across Europe.

"Today's final vote in the Council clears the path for free roaming," said Dr Emmanuel Mallia, the Maltese Minister for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy. "When Europeans go on holiday this summer, they can enjoy the freedom of being able to stay in touch and use the internet as if they were at home. The EU is making our lives easier in very practical ways."

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REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy — Fighting the mafia at the very toe of Italy, Roberto Di Bella has seen a lot: children as young as 11 or 12 serving as lookouts during murders, attending drug deals and mob strategy sessions, or learning how to handle a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

But it was the day he charged the younger brother of a minor he had jailed years before that he decided to take a drastic step: separating children from their mob families and moving them to a different part of Italy to break a generational cycle of criminality.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/world/europe/breaking-up-the-family-as-a-way-to-break-up-the-mob.html?action=click&contentCollection=Europe&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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Italian woman's death exposes labor slavery in agriculture

After months of investigation, this year the authorities arrested six people, accusing them of using their recruiting and transportation agencies to extort wages from women so poor and desperate they dared not speak up and worked under extreme conditions.

Ms. Clemente’s death in July 2015 moved Italian legislators to pass a law last year aimed at combating exploitation of agricultural workers. But, experts say, their virtual enslavement remains disturbingly widespread for a country renowned for its products worldwide. By some measures, Italy is the second-worst state in the European Union for the enslavement of people, behind Poland.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/world/europe/a-womans-death-sorting-grapes-exposes-italys-slavery.html?action=click&contentCollection=Business%20Day&module=Trending&version=Full&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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How Second-Hand Scooters Are Indicative of Italy’s Woes

An economist educated in Italy, who teaches at university in England, describes his arrival in Rome for a research project: “Too many unjust taxes.” Italy is the only European country that failed to achieve increased productivity between 2000 and the end of 2016.

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Let’s move on to the scooter. If I want to buy a second-hand scooter, I have to pay stamp duty for the transfer of ownership and insurance. The combination of duty and other charges involved in the transaction comes to €100 euro, but since the process is fairly laborious, I engaged the services of a driving school, which charged me €60 (some asked for as much as €120). Final bill: €160, in other words 15% of the scooter’s value. The icing on the cake was the insurance, which obviously did not take into account years of driving in London without a single accident. I had to pay €450 to a telephone-based insurance company (the least expensive). 
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