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I have a property in the Italian Alps, it is mortgage free and I was going wondering about the possibility of take a loan out against the house.

It's this something Italian banks look at ?

Sat, 06/24/2023 - 09:41

French tolls.

Hi I travel across to northern Italy multiple times a year.

For various reasons I avoid the Swiss route and travel via France Monte Blanc route.

Tue, 04/25/2023 - 12:32

Permesso di soggiorno

Hi I find myself planning to stay in Italy for approx 6 months next year. I won't be trying to work there just visiting.

Fri, 11/18/2022 - 04:11

Fuel shortages in France. 

Hi we are planning to drive down to Italy next Monday.

Tue, 10/11/2022 - 04:31

Hi. Just wondering if anyone has experienced and opinions of the Italian dental service? How did it compare to the UK regarding costs? I am sure the standard works be very good.


Wed, 06/15/2022 - 09:42


Hi I am just trying to get a sense of roughly how much the waste tax is in your various areas. 

I think part of the calculation is on the m2 of the property, would this include all outbuildings, the catena etc? 

Fri, 03/25/2022 - 07:01

Hi we have just been up to our local commune and collected a form to apply for residency {EU passport holders} 

Mon, 02/21/2022 - 07:17

My wife is an EU national {eire} 

As I understand it she can apply in Italy for some sort of permit to stay which gets around the 90 in 180 day issue. 

Does this mean that as her spouse I can then also gain the same status. 

Sun, 01/23/2022 - 16:25

Question about pharmacies 

I am currently in Italy but managed to forget my invaluable back tablets. 

Do pharmacies require a doctors prescription are can you purchase medication over the counter. 

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 12:44


We are just arranging our next trip over to Northern Italy and looking at the Covid requirements. 

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 06:07

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Wed, 12/06/2023 - 04:00

Sorry. Just checking if you are able to login to the community section of this site. When I try it isn't working.

Not a big issue but just enjoyed checking up on what others were up to occasionally.


Wed, 12/06/2023 - 02:49

Has the community been disabled?

Mon, 10/09/2023 - 03:13

Hi, we managed to get both our dogs Italian pet passports but it was only possible with my wife's Italian residency.

I initially tried with all my property deeds , letter from the commune etc. I even got as far as confirmation of the vets appointment before I received a follow up email stating no residency, no passport.

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 06:34

Hi we have an ancient mill in north of Piedmont.

Beautiful location in the woods, on the banks of a river surrounded by mountains.

The renovation is currently being completed (finishing for Christmas).

The property is spread over 4 floors.

At present we have 7 double bedrooms and 1 kids room with bunk.

I am happy to send pictures and location details etc if interested.


Let me know.





Thu, 09/21/2023 - 06:25

Hi, you are right about the pellet stoves, the pellets jumped from around 4eur per bag up around 12 at the hight of the russian energy crisis(invasion).

They have since dropped to around 5.50.

I have all three, open fire , enclosed wood burners and stuffas (pellet stoves).

 By far the simplest is the pellet stove, you fill it every 3 or 4 days depending on usage, it's full programmable 7 day cycle and clean takes seconds.

Very simple to install as well.

Thu, 04/27/2023 - 06:38

Thanks for that. I do have a Monte Blanc multi use pass that brings down the cost massively. It comes down to about 16 euro each way. The telepass is the same price plus the monthly admin fee.

Tue, 11/22/2022 - 08:11

Thanks for all the help.

I think something has been lost in translation as no one has suggested deceiving any authority.

I will update as things progress (hopefully).



Sat, 11/19/2022 - 04:24

English (with Italian father)

Sat, 10/15/2022 - 07:51

Quick update found this website that seems to give stock levels at the petrol stations (remains to be seen if its accurate)

Have filled jerry cans and hope to make Italy in 1 run if needed.

Seems like years since it was straight forward. Covid, boarder control issues, fuel strikes etc. 

Tue, 10/11/2022 - 19:08

Thanks for all the details. The main reason I avoid Switzerland is we take a trailer and they limit the speed to 80kmh, which means takes an absolute age, but may not have much choice.