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Driving to Italy 

Just driven down.  No longer cheap petrol in Switzerland  - fill up in France. 

Even Italian petrol is appreciably cheaper than Switzerland 

(There was no petrol available in Mulhouse for some reason)

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 06:49



Don't forget the first payment is due by 16th June

Sat, 05/14/2022 - 06:35



You've got until Saturday to enter France, before the entry ban for UK citizens comes into place.

Thu, 12/16/2021 - 04:33

European PET Passport.


Anyone had experience of getting a European Pet Passport for a dog in Italy (or possibly France, when we drive down)

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 05:40

As a Brit with a holiday home in Northern Italy, its been over a year since I have been able to visit it.  Last time was in February 2020, when the highlight was a meal out with Italian friends in a crowded restaurant in Bergamo!  Luckily, no ill

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 04:55

IMU etc Due Soon

just a quick reminder to those not living in Italy,  that the IMU etc on your Italian property requires paying this month.

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 14:48

Travelling through France - UK Quarantine 


Looks like people travelling through France to the UK could well be soon required to quarantine themselves for 2 weeks on their entry into the UK.

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 03:27

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

Comments posted

Tue, 05/16/2023 - 12:01

Of you want to write your own 'Will', I think this site may have some examples of what you write........…

Sat, 05/13/2023 - 04:12

Modicasa is correct on his comments about potential restrictions on what you can do in certain situations.

IF you aren't limited in your options (ie, not centro storico, condominium etc - you need to check), I'd suggest options are:-

1.  Double glaze windows and doors

2.  Insulate the structure

          a.   "External" wall insulation, new brick skin etc, is effective but quite an outlay

          b.   "Internal" wall insulation - this is insulated plasterboard fitted odours on the external walls.  Easier and cheaper than external insulation - easier to cope with windows etc.  BUT probably not as effective as external insulation

          c.  Insulate ceilings and floors if headroom is sufficient.   Insulated plasterboard on ceiling, insulated polystyrene slabs on floor, underneath new flooring.

         d.  Fitting thick carpets helps.

Basically, it's a 'pick and mix' situation. 

Talk to a Geometra or Architect who is local to the area 

Good luck.


Found this uk website - may have some useful info

Fri, 05/12/2023 - 09:53

Have you tried asking locals - they should be able to advise. 

Fri, 05/05/2023 - 12:32

If you are buying through a local Estate Agent,  I'd ask him/her for his/her advice on costs.  He may get estimates from local trades (if he wants the sale to go through)

(Advice based on my experience of my very useful Estate Agent when I purchased my place)

Wed, 04/26/2023 - 06:27

As far as I'm aware,  there is no price difference  -  only a time saving.

The tag we use is actually our son's  - as it is daft not to use it when he isn't.  (We tend to travel outside of school holidays, so don't often clash)

Tue, 04/25/2023 - 16:52

The problem with coming on and off the Frech autoroute to avoid tolls is the time factor.

  You could (relatively easily) do the bulk of the journey without paying any tolls  but time of travel would greatly increase, as long as you continue to avoid the Switzerland option.


 As a comparison  my recent trip to Lake Orta  and back from Calais (approx 12 hrs drive time each way) cost me £65 in tolls plus £36 for the Swiss Vignette (Vignette valid until Jan 2024, so can be used for multiple trips) - so much less expensive than the route via Mont Blanc Tunnel, which must cost about double the cost of 'my' route, or more.

ps - I use a French autoroute "tag" so no delays at the toll booth, as I just go straight to the Telepass booths, and drive straight through. 

Thu, 04/20/2023 - 11:35

Construction costs throughout Europe have gone up significantly since the start of Putins "liberation' of Ukraine  so a rise is expected.

However, it does depend on several factors. 

   1.  When was the original estimate given?

   2.  What works have been carried out?  Different material costs have risen differently.  Materials shortages have had major effects

   3.  Labour costs have risen.

However, did your builder keep you on formed of price increases as the works progressed?

Mon, 04/17/2023 - 09:27

Yet another advert 

Wed, 04/05/2023 - 12:59

Have you talked to your Comune about any necessary approvals?