The proposal is expected to reach a vote in the city’s council in October, although it faces opposition from some councillors as well as residents’ activist groups. Photograph: iStock

Authorities in Venice have proposed banning people from sitting and lying on the ground as the city pursues its quest to clamp down on what some offi(...)

The mayor of Venice has pledged action after four Japanese tourists said they were presented with a bill of €1,100 for four steaks and a plate of mixed grilled fish. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The police chief and mayor of Venice have pledged action after four Japanese tourists said they were presented in a restaurant with a bill of €1,100 f(...)

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 (...)