Italian match-fixer goes on hunger strike

It is common for football fans to show their respect at the death of a former player by tying a scarf to the club railings. In Italy it seems they do things differently; a player has chained himself to the gates of the Italian FA to mark the likely passing of his career.

Tuscan sun: the terrace at the Castello di Casole

Room service: Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy

Country life goes lux in Tuscany

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Stevan Jovetic

Chelsea 'target' Stevan Jovetic 'not on the market' insist Fiorentina

Fiorentina have insisted the club's leading striker Stevan Jovetic - a reported target for Chelsea - will remain at the club.

Stevan Jovetic

Fiorentina admit uncertainty over future of £20m Chelsea 'target' Stevan Jovetic

Fiorentina admit they are in the dark about the intentions of their star striker Stevan Jovetic.

Deals of the week: Lille; New Forest; Med cruise

Less than £200: Cresta Holidays has a three-night break in the French city of Lille for £155pp. The package on offer includes travel on Eurostar from London St Pancras on 30 July and B&B accommodation at the simple but central Comfort Hotel Opera (crestaholidays.co.uk).

Stevan Jovetic

Fiorentina insist Chelsea 'target' Stevan Jovetic will not be sold

Fiorentina have no intention of selling Stevan Jovetic this summer despite reports in Italy linking the Montenegrin striker with a move to Chelsea.

Feel at home: house-swapping in The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz

Holidays with home comforts

House-stays are recession-beating, authentic, and they offer you the chance to live like a local wherever you visit

New England, Cotswolds, Tuscany

Now... Plan a spring city break to the capital of New England. Virgin Holidays has three nights in Boston for £555pp, which includes flights from Heathrow on 14 May and room-only accommodation at the Midtown Hotel. Virginholidays.co.uk

Livorno players with the hearse bearing Piermario Morosini at the club's Armando Picchi stadium yesterday

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Livorno's players and thousands of supporters yesterday paid their last respects to Piermario Morosini, who died while playing for the club in a Serie B match last weekend at Pescara.

PIERMARIO MOROSINI: The midfielder died after collapsing during Livorno’s match against Pescara

Thousands pay tribute to Piermario Morosini

Livorno's players and thousands of supporters today paid their respects to Piermario Morosini, who died while playing for the club in a Serie B match at the weekend.

Mouse work: could the Disney organisation run virtual trips that remove the need for travel?

Travel Agenda: Brighton Festival; coolplaces.co.uk; Villa Armena

Tomorrow: Book now to be at the Brighton Festival (2-31 May). This year's event has been guest directed by Vanessa Redgrave. Highlights include a multi-sensory reworking of the music of Joy Division, the chance to watch Mariella Frostrup film The Book Show, and a talk on "the world's most mysterious continent", Antarctica, with Caroline Lucas MP. (brightonfestival.org).

Tranquil haven: Villa in the Vineyard in Montelpar

Child's play: Alastair Sawday's top 15 family-friendly Italian stays

I am writing this from my desk in Bristol, with all the frustrations of introducing an article about such stunning places. There is not one place here that I would not give a wet weekend in England for – and if I had a young family, I'd be unable to resist.

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