Accordingly to these rules, when you roll a 7 before the first barbarians' arrival, you have to drop half of your deck, if you have more than 7 cards.

The rules in the Italian version of the game say that nothing happens when you roll a 7 before the barbarians arrival.

Which is the correct one?

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The English rules are correct; you still must discard half your hand if you are holding too many cards. You can find the latest edition of the rulebook on catan.com here. It says;

The robber cannot be moved until after the barbarians reach the island of Catan for the first time. Until the first barbarian attack, if you roll a "7", each player must check if he is holding too many cards as usual; however, you do not move the robber from the desert and you do not steal a card from another player.

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    ooh - when did they change that? I'm sure it always used to be that there was no special "before the first attack" rules.
    – xorsyst
    Aug 31, 2017 at 16:15
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    @xorsyst I also don't remember learning that rule back when I learned Cities and Knights, back when the Soldiers were Soldiers and the game was "Settlers of Catan".
    – GendoIkari
    Sep 1, 2017 at 5:31
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    @Gendolkari - I may have learned it way back when Soldiers where Ritters and the game was "Die Siedler von Catan" :D.
    – xorsyst
    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:25

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