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Are there companies in Italy that just change kitchen units doors and worksurfaces, rather than a complete replacement of the units?

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:37

My house has a semi-underground store room that was nice and cool during the recent very hot weather - the dog and I spent a lot of time in it - me reading and him asleep on the floor.Floor is just old concrete slab - lots of dust, and the walls a

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 10:50

Car Driving to [and in] Italy on a UK Licence- post Brexit  IF No Deal reached. I am driving down in March, and have had to plan for a 'No Deal' Brexit, just in case.If No Deal - all UK Driving Licence holders

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:34

Tesco and Eurotunnel[Copied from another Forum]If you shop at Tesco you'll probably be rewarded with Cash Vouchers.  What you may not know is that you can exchange these for 3x their value with Eurotunnel.

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 16:50

ITALIAN GENEALOGYI am researching my family tree [all UK based], and belong to a Genealogy Group here in the UK - its part of the U3A [an organisation for 'retired persons who want to do things rather than sit at home all d

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 05:24

Cancelling a Eurotunnel Booking I have had to cancel a return trip on Eurotunnel [Car + 2 + Dog], as I have to go into hospital for an op.The booking was 'non-refundable'.I rang them to cancel and they confirmed it was non-

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:00

IMU - Its still around I thought this had disappeared in the new tax system, but my Comune website says the first payment for 2014 is due by 16th June Paid it via my bank today - emailed them the F24

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:56

Looks like the days of the easy/cheap trip to italy through Switzerland are numbered. Apparently, the Swiss government has decided to raise the cost of the vignette to 100 Swiss Francs for 2015. They are introducing a two month vignette for 40SF,

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 15:58

Petrol prices in France are now comparable with the UK, except on the French Autoroutes.One option is to fill up at the L'Eclerc superstores with their SP95 E10 petrol [its a petrol with some ethylene in - generally used in France - which is OK fo

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 04:25

For a change this year we drove down to Italy via Besancon  [avoiding most tolls by taking some good french non-motorways.]However - Besancon roads are in total chaos as they are digging them up to lay tram routes - this will take about 2 more yea

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 16:44

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Wed, 04/01/2020 - 16:22

The woman at the commune is correct. 

The house tax (IMU) is easily calculated (see stevemonkseatons reply below on where to do it)

If the house is jointly owned then the cost is split between the two people - so technically your agent was also correct.

So IMU is E440, and your share is E220

(Luckily, I insisted that only I bought my holiday place in Italy- the Notary was gobsmacked, as my wife was present at the purchase signing, and he made her counter sign to confirm she wasn't buying)


God luck.

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:29

The way I funded buying my holiday property in Italy a few years ago was to extend the mortgage on my [UK] home.  Have you considered that?                                 

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 14:14

Try getting a key from the Energy ccompany office - its probably their cupboard.   

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 05:35

My water bills seem to come about every 3 or 4 months (but I have a different supplier)

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 05:18

Emailed Italymag.  They are working on the 'date's issue.  They hope to have it fixed in the next few days.

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:16

Duplicate post 

Fri, 01/03/2020 - 06:15

I also reported it, trying to get "them" to do s something. 

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:53

Swiss motorway vignette. To use the Swiss motorways, assuming you go that way, you'll need a vignette. However, if you already have a 2019 vignette, it is valid up to the end of January 2020, so would cover your trip.

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 15:03

Use "Via Michelin " to sort out your route. Its probably about 11 to 12 hours driving, plus stops.

Good place to stop about 2 hrs from Calais is Reims area. We use the Novotel at Riems Tinquex, it does better food than the nearby Ibis, and is just off the motorway. We book it through the Accor website, but if you look at "" you can see what else is available in the area.

Good luck

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 06:35