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Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:41

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 13:40

Hi Krissie
Send me a brief email with your requirements and will see if I can look into it for you.

Sat, 01/12/2019 - 02:43

Hi linmuir,

Obviously its hard to give you advise on your choice, as we are all looking from a different perspective.

When you say terraced- I'm going to assume you are connected on both sides (like as in UK terraced) with neighbours.

House on 3 levels:

You need to check that it is currently registered as a dwelling as per the current layout. ie. Bedrooms on top floor etc and all is in accordance with current regulations. Like in the UK, existing properties can avoid some of the new regulations. Therefore clarify with the Geometra thats its OK with your intentions. Eg studio on ground floor- he/she may say lets call this a 'cantina' or a storage area rather than a studio to avoid any further Legislative requirements. Another eg. Bedroom ceiling heights in some areas require a minimum 2.7m. In your attic it may be less, but in doing the renovation this may impact the council approval as the 'existing' will be changed. I'm not trying to put you off- just make it clear with the Geometra that you will not be creating more work than necessary = more money!

A bit of due diligence: check all the exterior walls( on the inside) for damp, mould, condensation. Also in attic check perimeter and under roof for any signs.. Bottom floor I am assuming is as per the neighbours. ie they both have habitable rooms (not using them as storage for wood or as garages)

Heating: is it wood fired / pellet / gas or both.

Gas supply for cooking. Town gas or LPG

Electrical: have you any specific requirements for powered equipment to studio/home- In italy you get 3.3kw unlike 10 in Uk. But should be Ok for one person. Just won't be able to do washing and use dyson at same time. Otherwise you can ask supplier for more but it will cost and you may need to get your consumer unit overhauled.

You may have already factored in all the above with the geometra but just I listed just in case. One other thing is access rights etc- just clarify with the geometra that there will be no issues with scaffolding and building works etc- (a bit like party wall issuesin uk.) with neighbours.

SP roads- are usually the responsibility of the province therefore they are obligated to keep it clean and clear of snow etc and it most cases the first 4 meters of land from the bitumen belongs to the government anyway- just in case they need to widen or put in layby etc.

Reselling in future: I would never look at property in small town Italy as a financial investment (more of a lifestyle investment). The UK housing market is insane and it amazes me that its become a sustianable way of making money.

Without knowing all the specifics its hard to give you answers for 'decision making'. My advise is speak to locals- go to the bar nearest the local comune, use a 'local' geometra, speak to neighbours.

Hope this helps

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 05:42

Hi Chris,

There is a direct bus service. (

Should you choose to go the route on your post, it will be a 'journey'.

Ditto to Steves comments regarding cash.

Also from airport there is shuttle bus that takes goes from airport to port via city center. Its called ALIBUS. Runs regularly to and from airport. There are 3 stops: Airport, Garibaldi Station and the main port, and vicecersa.

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 05:30

Hi Chris,

There is a direct bus service. (

Should you choose to go the route on your post, it will be a 'journey'.

Ditto to Steves comments regarding cash.

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 08:00

Hi miu2018,I wanted worry about it too much.My eldest son was the same age when we moved over. Never even spoke a word of Italian and now 6 years on he is in highschool and he is pretty much on parr with other students. I'm sure the school will help him out as well. I'm speaking as someone based in southern Italy where the communities are close knit, so may be a little different for example in larger cities.Children seem to adapt a lot easier than us adults. My advice is to not impose any stress on to him directly. We found that keeping on top of the teachers is the better way.Good Luck.

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 07:48

Hi Heatherr,I live about 40 mins away from Scalea. I could go and have a look if you want.A couple of questions:Is the studio flat part of an apartment block? ie. Do you have a shared lobby/entrance/corridor?Where is studio located. Ground, top?Is it in the old town (centro storico)?Find out if there is a seperate water meter (is it on the towns mains pressure supply?)What about heating? both ambient and waterAny mention regards sewage on the report? If its old it might not be vented and you could be suseptible to odours.Surface mounted electrics sounds like its an older property so they should be able to rewire but they MAY have to use conduit, switching etc that is in keeping with the property.Any direct questions please contact me on italyprogetti@gmail.comGood luck.

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 04:03

Hi Sunil,

Check for the ferry options.

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 10:02

Hi For both your questions try www.subito.itSearch under 'PER LA CASA E LA PERSONA' for the furniture itemsSearch under 'SERVIZI' (LAVORO) for the language tutor.Not sure where your from buts its similar to gumtree sites around the world

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 14:18

HI Sunil,Glad to see you are visiting this part of Italy. Maratea is a special place and you will enjoy it. In MY opinion forget those other places and visit the surrounding region. It may all look close on the map but Maratea in comparison to the the other locations is quite akward for travel.  BUT.....if you insist your best bet is to visit the website and put some dates in but I imagine that mid September should be fine because most of the university students and workers have already headed NORTH. Check where you are staying as there are 2 stations in Maratea. If you can get to SAPRI (next main coastal town heading north) you will have more choice. I'm sure there would be local buses as well. All trains will stop there anyway, where you may have to change for other trains. From SAPRI there is also a boat ferry service running through summer that hops along the coast and also goes to CAPRI on selected days but just can't remember the name.Amalfi coast best option is to get train to SALERNO or check that boat ferry service. Sorrento either Salerno or Naples.Pompeii is an all day event and there are actual buses going to Naples that drop you off at the gates but these leave from towns which are inland a bit (Rivello, Lagonegro etc), otherwise on the train via Salerno and Napoli.Check also www.maratea.infoHope this helps and ENJOY!!!