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We live in Basilicata.  Recently, we have noticed that we are sharing our roof space with some furry friends.  They look like squirrels, but have longer tails and white cheeks.  Our son, who is a zooligist, says that squirrels are not really nativ

Tue, 07/14/2009 - 06:22

We live in Basilicata.  Recently, we have noticed that we are sharing our roof space with some furry friends.  They look like squirrels, but have longer tails and white cheeks.  Our son, who is a zooligist, says that squirrels are not really nativ

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 16:25

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Tue, 11/12/2013 - 18:35

We use www.my-private-network.co.uk and it works very well on a decent internet connection.

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 17:43

To get a loan from a bank in Italy you would need to be a resident and would need 2 years tax returns (preferably 3).  Same applies to getting a 'personal' loan from a finance company. If you have the necessary paperwork for renovation, you can get a special 'renovation' loan from the bank which is at a much lower rate of interest. Getting any kind of 'equity' loan once you have bought the house would be very difficult. -------------------------------------- www.understandingitaly.com

Fri, 01/07/2011 - 05:02

Any car brought into Italy from outside has to be re-registered within 6 months. A car registered in Italy has to have a valid 'Revisione' entered into the libretto every two years. If you are unlucky enough to have an accident, the police will investigate the accident and file a report which is sent to the insurance company. If the police find that the car has not been registered... If the accident was due to a failure that would have been picked up during a revisione... If the insurance company find that the car was not correctly maintained... If someone was killed as a result of that accident... You take the risk if you want to

Thu, 11/25/2010 - 15:14

How do you add a signature to posts? Or do you just add a signature to each post, eact time?

Tue, 08/31/2010 - 18:37

Having been researching different solutions to heating a 230 square metre house for a while now, we have found a wood burning cooker that has the capacity of providing domestic hot water and central heating for up to 580 cubic metre capacity.  It has its own coil heating system built-in.  One pipe come out for the hot water and the other for the central heating.  It seems as though they might have thought this through...

Mon, 05/10/2010 - 18:10

I understoood that it was always the case that a notaio would require both parties to understand Italian and if not, that a translator would have to be present? Ottimisiti - Web Dersign & Promotion http://www.ottimisiti.com

Answer to: Turtles
Thu, 04/15/2010 - 13:31

We know that there was a large turtle seen in in Sapri in 2008 as we saw a picture of it.  We have never seen one though but we have seen several dolphins in the area, the last ones near you, just off the headland near Scario.

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 21:29

I have tried to register on this new forum.  As soon as I started, I got an immediate message saying: "Sorry, registration has been disabled by the administrator." I am sure it's great to have the publicity, but not much good if it is not possible to register!

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 18:08

 Having followed this case online and in the Italian press since the beginning, I was quite shocked to read Charlotte's post saying that there had been a witness who had been threatened, presumably near the house, and presumably on the night in question, by Amanda wielding a knife...  I can't understand why that evidence was not central to the whole case as it would appear to prove that everything else she said was false.  With that evidence, I can appreciate why she was convicted.  Just can't understand why I haven't seen or heard any reference to it during any of the proceedings and why I can't find any reference to it anywhere else.  Perhaps someone can tell me where I should be looking!

Sun, 12/06/2009 - 19:03

I think that the discomfort comes from the convention that murder convictions usually centre around four things.  1. The body - no problem there... 2. Motive - the prosecution changed its mind about the motive at the last moment, suggesting that there was no sex game, instead Amanda Knox murdered Meredith Kercher because she didn't like her complaining about her personal habits, which some people have found unconvincing... 3. Murder weapon - the knife produced as evidence was not universally accepted as actually being the murder weapon... 4. DNA evidence - Amanda's DNA was not present in the room at all.  Sollecito's DNA was on the clasp of the bra strap but nowhere else, not even on the rest of the bra...Guede, the only person who was definitely there on the night, told the police that Amanda definitely wasn't there, although he seeems to have changed his opinion after some time in police custody.Amanda certainly behaved very strangely while being interogated, but is that enough to convict without other supporting evidence?  If there was other, behind the scenes evidence not made public at the trial, then that might explain it!