Is this an all time record?
Just back from Italy after completing on the purchase of our new garden appartamento in Lunigiana. We are thrilled to bits, the neighbours have been very welcoming, introducing themselves over the hedge and from the balconies, and passing over bowls of freshly picked fuit. In two days we have learned the names of the grandchildren and other family relations, and been shown proudly presented photos. However, the rogito (completion) process was a bit of a soap opera, it took 7 of us to do the deed - Allan and me, the vendor and his witness, the translator, the estate agent and the notaio himself. In all it took almost 4 hours, when we had been told to expect, as everything was in order, that we should be in and out of the notaio's office within the hour. The first hitch was that we had not transferred money through a bank, and the official forms had no way of recognising that we had used Moneycorp, who do not quote a reference number. Secondly, my middle name had been used as a first name on the forms, and this had to be changed. Thirdly, the notaio had changed some of the wording on the official document after it had previously been checked by our UK based Italian lawyer, and the changes had to be emailed through to her for a second reading. After the first three hours the translator began to get aggitated as she'd left her young son with her non-nappy changing Italian husband, and she was concerned "an accident might happen". The notaio disappeared for a while while the changes were made, and our stylish vendor (wearing green, yellow, white and black trendy trainers and yellow trousers) told us through his English speaking witness about his other houses in Italy and his business interests. Meanwhile the agent discussed with the young women administrators from the outside office who had popped in to see what was going on, how to tell if a pregnant woman is expecting a girl or a boy. It would all have been quite fun if we hadn't so much at stake. Eventually it was all sorted out (our agent was very good) and the keys were passed to us in exchange for our cheques. Is a 4 hour rogito an all time record?