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Last year we encountered a problem with Telecom Italia. We had been paying our landline/Alice bill by bank direct debit.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 06:26

We have a house near to Orvieto which we use for about half the year. Our Italian is limited but that hasn't stopped our Italian community being very welcoming.

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 05:24

  We have finally got round to adding a posting (think it's relevant here) Five years ago we bought a house in Alviano (near to Orvieto) and have been spending 4 or 5 months in it each year.

Sat, 06/05/2010 - 13:29

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Answer to: UK SKY
Sun, 06/24/2012 - 18:41

I'm no expert, but I believe for Sky Italia that the dish is pointing at another satellite somewhere around 13 degrees east. If that is correct then it's not going to find any channels from Astra 1N. As for adjusting the dish, I don't know if that would help as I don't know whether a Sky Italia box can decode the Astra signals. Sorry I can't be of more help. Maybe you can go on one of the internet forums for satellite matters and get more info. Regards Roddy

Answer to: UK SKY
Sun, 06/24/2012 - 08:05

I managed to find a 1.8 m channelmaster for about 450 euros through a company called Diemme in Genoa, of course I then had to arrange transportation which was another 130 euros. Quite pricey but the ones I found from UK suppliers were extortionate. If I recollect correctly Satellite Superstore is in excess of £750!

Answer to: UK SKY
Sun, 06/24/2012 - 06:41

Further to my previous message I realised later that you may not actually have a dish and receiver. If not then my apologies for any confusion caused by my message. I am using a Pace 2600 box (Freesat card required) bought on ebay, with a 1.8 m Channelmaster dish (I believe others are using much smaller dishes in central Italy). The dish is pointing to 28.2 degrees east. Regards Roddy

Answer to: UK SKY
Sun, 06/24/2012 - 05:05

I have recently fiddled with my setup and can now receive BBC, ITV and Ch4 with various regional variations. Apparently the reason is that all the channels have been switched from Astra 2D to Astra 1N. My dish wasn't adjusted properly and I had to make some adjustments (you probably don't need to do this if you were already getting UK channels before the change). However I went on the internet and found a list of transponders for Astra 1N, then used this info to scan for channels using the "other channels" option on my Sky box and found all the channels described above. Let me know if this helps. You can also try looking at the Astra 2D forum, which has lots of info. Regards Roddy

Sun, 05/13/2012 - 16:40

We travel to Alviano in Umbria every year and use theHull/Zeebrugge route with P&O Ferries. The price this year worked out at £268 return, going out May returning October. From Zeebrugge we normally travel through Belgium and Switzerland to Italy, but this year we are going Belgium and Germany. Hope this helps. Regards Roddy Buchan

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 14:40

Try Parkingo website I think it is about 6 euro per day with transfer to and from airport (about 5 minutes). I've used them numerous times without problem.

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 14:35

I was with LV and ran into this problem every year. I have now switched to Saga at a comparable rate and it includes 12 months unrestricted european cover. 

Sat, 09/17/2011 - 04:37

After using expatshield and closing it, I have to restart the computer before I can open any other browser. Is there some simple change to my settings required?

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 07:18

Thanks for that. Looks like we are in for the long haul then. I am just amazed that having received our bank details in the past, Telecom have been able to access our account without our authority and we don't seem to have any redress, never mind retrieving the 400 euros they have taken using the direct debit they set up. Never mind, on with the fight!

Answer to: Introduction
Wed, 06/16/2010 - 05:16

Thanks for giving some input --really kind and useful info