A question for those people who have a garden at their holiday home, do you actively grow any flowers or plants or vegetables?
I would like to paint / cover over / do something with our internal house stairs. I'm not sure whether they are made from travertine or marble or something else similar to that but I would like to do change how they look.
Ok help, I still don't understand whether we need, as home-owners, to tell the local police (or some other authority) every time we arrive at our Italian home.
I've been watching the thread started by She57 with interest because we're getting ready to drive back to Italy in the next couple of weeks and I think! we know what we need to do.
Hello Has anything changed with notifying the Agenzia delle Entrate about the "Dichiarazione sostitutiva relativa al canone di abbonamento alla televisione per uso privato"?
Hello We're checking out travel restrictions for car travel from Italy to the UK but are having trouble establishing exactly if we can make a stay overnight in Germany before travelling onto France without needing to quarantine.
How much does it cost to send the declaration of no TV in home to the Agenzia delle Entrate? This might sound like a strange question but for the last 2 years an Italian friend has taken my signed declaration and posted this to the Agenzia on my
Hi Can anyone recommend methods or products to clean and brighten limestone windowsills? In my two photos you can see the dark staining next to the gold window frame and also the effect caused by part being behind the wooden shutters/part exposed
Has anyone installed their own air-conditioning? Do we need special permissions or can we purchase our own unit and install it ourselves?
Not a question this time but a quick update on our car journey back to the UK. The roads through Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and France all seemed fairly quiet and fast running with our only delays being getting through the Dartford Tunnel and on
We've just made the journey back to the UK from northern Italy this weekend.
Petrol was OK in Italy at approx €1.63-1.65 p/l. Petrol just after Mulhouse, France was €1.56 p/l and Luxembourg petrol (Windhof, west Luxembourg) was the most expensive at €1.76 p/l. We also saw petrol near Calais at €1.55 but unfortunately the tank was full!
Fuel seemed plentiful all along the route with no signs of problems or shortages. We were told by an angry Frenchman that the main problems were in the cities, along the motorways and on the borders supply should be OK and so it seemed to be. (He was angry because the French TV news was reporting €3 p/l but as I said earlier we found French petrol to be the cheapest of all).
Not quite the same but we've just bought a book called 'Know Your Italian Trees and Shrubs', with the idea being to start to work out what leaves and fruit appears and when, how many years they grow for, what suits this part of Italy and so on. But I agree that the words of wisdom from people already growing fruit and vegetables in the area can't be beaten.
We're in the north of Italy and the price here is around 166.9 / 168.9 p/litre for unleaded. A couple of weeks ago it was quite a few pence higher so at least it's going in the right direction at the moment.
Thanks Tony. We have got a well and apart from peering down into its depths every now and then, I'd never thought about actually using the water in there so thanks for the nudge there :) Next thought to jump into my head is we'll need to construct a bucket on a rope to get the water out, any original bucket and pulley system has long gone from this well.
:) OK, just making sure because not only do I feel bad about changing the stairs but we also have several religious pictures and crosses left in the house by the previous owner that I need to find another home for! I don't want to display them but I don't know what I can do with them! I know I should have asked the house seller to take them but I didn't :(
Hello and thanks for this information. I do feel bad for wanting to change the stairs but they do need changing. Is it the permanency of the Zinssler Bin and painting that you mean I should be sure about, rather than the taking away of what is a (scary) classic feature of an Italian house? :)
I feel a bit bad for wanting to change the stairs but ... they need changing in some way! (hadn't thought about carpet tiles though :) )
Ok thanks all. We're both in the tax system with all the bills to prove it :) so I think we'll keep on doing what we've always done - just turn up and enjoy the holiday.
When we enquired about rubbish collections we were told we would have to pay around €300 p/a for weekly bin collections, a figure they told us was based on a family of 3 living there all year.
As a couple of 2 who would only be there most likely less then 4 months a year, we said no thanks to that.
So we separate all our recycling and take it to the various bins dotted around the town, our non-recycling we take to the larger communal bins (sometimes late at night when no-ones looking :) )
We do have however, on payment each year of approx €20, an Eco Tessera. The Eco Tessera is a barcoded card which we have to show when we go to the local tip and we can make as many trips as we like each year.
The strange/interesting thing compared to English tips is that they record everything (at least ours does) you put in the bins and it's all listed on my internet account.