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Sarah Walsh (centre) with her husband Charles Dowd and their children, from left, Jonathan, William and Grace on their DIY ski holiday.

Arranging a ski holiday for a family (or two) can seem like a daunting task – deciding which country to visit, which resort to choose, what accommodat(...)

Mounted police officers perform the changing of the guard prior to the swearing-in ceremony for Italy’s new government at Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Italy. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA.

Italy’s new government was sworn in on Friday, ending the country’s longest postwar political crisis but pushing the euro zone’s third-largest economy(...)

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi (centre) with European People’s Party president Manfred Weber (left), and president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, in Rome this week. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/ANSA/AP

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s 81-year-old media mogul, has sought to stamp his authority on his unruly centre-right coalition ahead of next weekend’s gen(...)

Pope Paul VI began the practice of papal travel outside of Italy, and was successful in improving ecumenical relations with Protestant and Orthodox churches. Photograph: Getty Images

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Tuesday approved the second miracle needed for the canonisation of Blessed Pope Paul VI. The ca(...)

Resorts such as Aime La Plagne Club Med in France offers kids’ clubs and activities such as sledding to keep little ones amused. Photograph: Getty Images

Best for friends St Anton, Austria St Anton is famed for its snow conditions, off-piste, night skiing and its après scene. Skiing here can be challe(...)

President of Lombardy Roberto Maroni arrives to cast his electronic vote for Lombardy’s autonomy referendum at a polling station in Lozza near Varese, northern Italy, on Sunday. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly on Sunday for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at(...)

President of Lombardy Roberto Maroni discusses the voting system in the region’s autonomy referendum with Forza Italia leader and former prime minister   Silvio Berlusconi in Milan on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Two of Italy’s richest regions are holding referendums on greater autonomy on Sunday, in the latest push by European regions to wrest more power from (...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: rose because of the baseless hunch  people with little outward charisma must possess great depth. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

This time last year, another technocrat of crisp appearance, whose decisions could swing the British economy this way or that, was pressed to resign b(...)

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche at the UCI Cycling Road World Championships on September 20th, 2017 in Bergen, Norway: looking good ahead of Il Lombardia Classic.  Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Roche showed strong form in advance of next weekend’s prestigious Il Lombardia Classic when he took fourth in Saturday’s Giro dell’ Emilia. (...)

Dan Martin: “I have never felt better going into the Tour de France.”

If it was a boxing match, it would be a 12-rounder where the fighters slug lumps out of each other from start to finish. The final stage of last month(...)

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