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Nestled in the northernmost corner of the Italian Alps, the mainly German-speaking province of South Tyrol (the area once belonged to Austria) enjoys special autonomy in its dealings with Rome. Able to keep most of the taxes it collects to spend on local needs, the region’s half a million residents have a higher standard of living than most in the Bel Paese.

The area also benefits economically from year-round tourism, with 5.5 million holidaymakers annually visiting its ski slopes, mountain inns and wineries. Those vacationers fortunate to arrive…



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