Italy’s ‘tourist tax’: What is it and who has to pay?

Ever turned up at an Italian hotel and been asked to pay a charge you never knew about? Those unexpected extra euros might just be Italy’s tourist tax. Like a growing number of tourist destinations around the world, Italy asks those who want to visit its ancient heritage and unique landscapes to pay extra for the privilege. Since 2011, all Italian municipalities are authorized to levy a tax on anyone staying overnight in tourist accommodation, to be paid directly by the visitor. Here’s how Italy’s so-called tourist tax works. Why…

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Opinion: Berlin derby was an advert for German fan culture, but some went too far

The football might have been underwhelming in the Berlin derby, but this was German fan culture at its best — until rockets were fired onto the pitch. At that point, a line has been crossed, writes DW’s Matt Ford. Greek font, Doric columns and a red-and-white Perseus battling a blue and white Medusa; the Union Berlin ultras had dug deep into their old Greek mythology school books for some derby day inspiration, and no expense was spared. “Having arrived at football’s Olympus, after a sheer endless odyssey, you will now…

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Blue Prize Wins 2019 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

The 6-year-old Argentinean-bred bested heavy favorite Midnight Bisou. Saturday’s $1.84 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff was supposed to be all about Midnight Bisou, but Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize floored the even-money favorite at Santa Anita. The 8-1 chance became the third Argentinean-bred to capture the Distaff, following Hall of Famers Bayakoa (1989-90) and Paseana (1992). The first Breeders’ Cup winner for both trainer Ignacio Correas IV and jockey Joe Bravo, Blue Prize rallied from well back. Up front, Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress tried to repeat that exhibition of speed by…

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The extravagant life of Gianluca Vacchi, the Italian millionaire with an 11 million-strong Instagram following who now has his sights set on acting

50-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur Gianluca Vacchi is not your average Instagram star — he’s certainly done things his own way. Having retired from a career in business, the silver-haired, tattooed Italian took social media by a storm last year when a video he posted of himself dancing on holiday with his partner at the time went viral. He has since gained a huge Instagram following — over 11 million — with whom he shares his outrageously lavish lifestyle aboard private jets, yachts, and fast cars. Business Insider spoke to Vacchi after…

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