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    That Italian Summer Home Could Be a Death Trap

    It’s a volatile place. Though Italy’s a favorite destination for tourists, one local environmental organization warns that 77 percent of its towns are at risk of natural disaster. Beware floods, mudslides, landslides and earthquakes — but more than that, beware the fact that many of the nation’s picturesque villages have never been updated to modern safety standards. In the wake of multiple summer earthquakes, the Italian government has worked to bring buildings up to code — but the money is hard to track, sometimes pilfered and often used ineffectively.

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