Postcard from Italy: lovely now, storms on the horizon

Italian coastguards are threatening holidaymakers with fines for bagging beach spots by parking deckchairs and towels overnightIn a sign of how good a summer it has been in Italy, coastguards are threatening holidaymakers with fines for bagging beach spots by parking deckchairs and towels overnight. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi must wish the same could be said for the rest of his country’s flagging economy. The vote is shaping up as a referendum on Renzi’s two and a half years in office and polls suggest it will be a close-run thing.

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