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Sambuca di Sicilia, Italy.

A picturesque town in Sicily is selling off homes for $1 to anyone willing to renovate them

Giuseppe Cacioppo, Sambuca's deputy mayor and tourist councilor, told CNN there's been plenty of interest from buyers.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany may have avoided recession in Q4 by just 0.1% because the quarter was one day longer than the previous period

Germany is the fourth-largest economy on the planet and the largest in Europe. So any weakness is concerning.
Cesare Battisti, pictured here in Bolivia, is wanted for four murders in Italy during the 1970s.

A militant Italian communist leader wanted for 4 murders was arrested in Bolivia wearing a fake beard

Cesare Battisti — wanted for killing two police officers, a jeweler, and a butcher — was captured by Interpol in Santa Cruz de la Sierra on Saturday.

Italy finally squeezed a budget through parliament, averting a head-on collision with the EU

"I hope this will be the last budget being approved after long and complicated negotiations with Brussels," Italy's deputy prime minister said.
The Italian flag.

Italy and the EU just struck a deal, avoiding the start of a fresh crisis for Europe

After weeks of wrangling, the two parties agreed to allow Italy to run a budget deficit of 2.04% next year. Stocks and the euro gained on the news.
There's so much to see in Florence, so I tried to see as much as possible in 24 hours.

How to see as much of Florence as possible in 24 hours

Here's how to make the most out of your time when you have one day to spend in Florence, Italy.
Paris was the second top trending search for the "Trip to..." category.

The top 10 trips Americans wanted to take in 2018, according to Google

Google recently released its "Year in Search" for 2018, which highlights people, topics, events, and places that made up the year's top searches.

Italy’s state-backed oil giant makes a major discovery off the shores of Angola

Italian oil company Eni said it has made a new oil discovery in offshore Angola.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

12 things you should know before traveling to Italy for the first time

Here are the most important things that you need to know before you travel to Italy on vacation if you've never been there before.

The European Union just rejected Italy’s budget for a 2nd time — and now Rome is facing a huge fine

The path is no set for the opening of the EU's so-called Excessive Deficit Procedure — which has the power to fine countries within the Eurozone.