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Divers searching the Costa Concordia have found eight more bodies, including that of a 5-year-old Italian girl, onboard the semi-submerged cruise ship.

Has Geoffrey Robinson's Tuscan villa broken the rules of the House? broken the rules of the House?

Nestling in the Italian hills lies the idyllic property - worth pounds 1.5m - that is causing the latest trouble for the Paymaster-General

What's on the menu? tonight?

No time to cook? Call rent-a-wife, says James Sherwood

Cinema: Italian film revival struggles against blockbusters

After years in the doldrums, the Italian cinema has something to shout about - a new wave of film comedies from Tuscany. They are doing good business at the box-office, winning the odd festival prize and drafting new talent into a struggling industry. But

Leaning tower of the North makes a move on Pisa

Edinburgh is the `Athens of the North' and now Scotland has grounds to make a claim for an emerging `Pisa of the North'. Stephen Goodwin, Heritage Correspondent, reports on a monument on the move.

Property: Dig in abroad, but don't expect the value to grow

No wonder some people return from their own homes abroad more exhausted than when they left. Weeks spent laying a patio, to say nothing of the hours spent hunting down the plumber are hardly relaxing. Penny Jackson asks whether it is all worthwhile.

on politicsMr Mandelson should get himself a proper portfolio

This column is not afraid to state the obvious, which is that we are in the middle of August, the height of the silly season. The origins of the phrase are well known to all students of the history of journalism. In this month Parliament had risen, the royal family had removed itself to Scotland, other rich and powerful persons had done likewise, being too sensible in those days to travel from a warm and sticky city to an even hotter and more uncomfortable Tuscany or French Riviera. The consequence was that there was "no one in London". The papers thought they had to make up stories, "stunts" as they were then called, to keep their readers happy.

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WIN A HOLIDAY FOR FOUR IN ITALY WITH TUSCANY NOW

This is your chance to win a holiday for four in Italy with the leading villa-hire specialists Tuscany Now, and The Independent on Sunday Review. You and three friends will stay for one week, from 6 to 13 September, at the Villa Rosso Fiorentino (pictured, right), a restored 16th-century farmhouse near the renowned medieval Tuscan village of San Gimignano. The house has a large swimming pool, five bedrooms and three bathrooms. It also boasts a stunning kitchen and Tuscany Now will be supplying a cook for two nights to prepare dishes, as featured in the River Cafe Cook Book Two. The prize also includes car hire, and more guests can be taken at your own expense.

Independent choice: kitchen culture

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I walk in the valley of light, and marvel

Olives, vines, mushroom-scented woods - the Val d'Orcia in southern Tuscany has entranced generations of visitors. Juliet Clough joined a party of walkers to discover its secrets

chianti and cornflakes

By their Volvos shall you know them . . . As a new film spotlights Brits behaving badly in Tuscany

State of emergency declared in Tuscany after severe flooding

The Italian government declared a state of emergency yesterday in the north-western corner of Tuscany, where flash floods have transformed mountain valleys into terrifying rivers of mud, killing at least 12 people and forcing a mass search for two dozen others.

A stylish scurry across the Arno

The British have always loved Florence. George Bull enjoys a celebratio n of the jewel of Chiantishire

Judge frees the Florence 'monster'

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