We would love to spend some time this coming winter in south Italy but based on our previous experience don't think we can afford it.
Maggi,You really don't need to bother with UK MOT or road tax unless you intend to use the car there.It is false security for you to think that it has any legal status outside UK or that any Italian official will give a damn or know anything about such things.
It is fairly easy to cost a car in Italy if you are from UK. Just take the UK price and multiply by four.
You haven't seen local laws and red tape until now.Unless you have built in Argentina that is.
Yes You need to crate a legal dispute with your neighbour and involve legal professionals.Most professions are suffering nowadays and need extra funding to maintain their high living standards.Having a heart to heart with your neighbour and sorting it out locally just won't do.
It's a no brainer. Italian cars cost a fortune and the insurance cost is even worse. A non resident can buy an Italian car but there will be a lot of messing about with the bureaucrats before they actually follow the rules. They are best avoided if you wish to remain sane.Look to the trip down as a tour, stop over, take ferries etc.
As said just try and find out what 'not working' means.If you don't know anything about simple property things then try and find out.If you know nothing then you will be better off using a local artisan rather than a Brit.They are all expensive for those who don't know what they are doing.Maybe you deserve it.
You can hold one. Many, probably most, UK expats keep their original accounts open.You can even open one with some banks with an EU address but it is a lot easier if you can give a UK address.
You have probably lost other channels by now.The Astra 2E satellite is in position. A 80cm dish will get down to Lyon but at the Spanish border and maybe Milan a 1.2 metre dish is needed. Costa del Sol and south of Rome forget it.Google Astra 2E footprint