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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

Hi we are planning to drive down this summer.

In the old days we would take a trailer loaded with personal effects, mainly old used items of very little if any value. 

Fri, 06/25/2021 - 04:52

Cost of labour. 

Hi everyone we are currently stuck in the UK with a long list of works required on our house (ruin) in Italy.

I am interested in getting some local help but would like a rough idea of the cost of labour. 

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 07:09

Italian passport. 


I am sorry if this has been covered before, but just looking for a brief idea. I understand that the process of obtaining an Italian passport can be arduous. 

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 11:58

Northern Italy travel advice required. 


Hi I have traveled regularly to Northern Italy by car, usually via Switzerland and the Gottard tunnel. 

Wed, 10/07/2020 - 04:47


I have arrived at my house I find some guests are already here.

I have Ghiri or edible dormouse.

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 02:13

Firstly hope everyone is staying safe in these strange times.

I have an old rural property in the mountains of Piedmonte that I think needs a septic tank installed.(currently send to just be a pit).

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 06:30

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Thu, 11/11/2021 - 06:24

If there is any chance of find out a bit more detail about what the French vet required. I would be happy to spend a few days over there on route one trip. 

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 07:10

Hi. On my last trip I went down to our nearest big town. They have an office called ASL. It is the central veterinary clinic. 

I had some paperwork to show the house purchase etc. 

Initially the man said petpaspports only for residence, after looking at all my papers he said okay and processed to register my dog on the Piedmont chip register charged me 5eur and have me an appointment to return in 3 days with the dog at which time the vet would scan the chip etc and produce the pet passport. 

I left feeling very pleased with my self.... 



Unfortunately 1 day later I received an email advising me that as a non resident it was not possible to register the dog.


Plan b is to find a local to register the dog etc and I will draw up something to say he did me the dog. 

I have another dog,  adopted in the UK that has an EU pet passport. 

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 11:16

Thanks for the update. 

Did you enter Italy via Gottard & Bellinzona? 

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 06:41


We are going via France and Switzerland. 

We have Dutch friends that keep trying to persuade us to go via Monte blanc tunnel. Apparently you can get a multi use pass which is heavily discounted and the French are a bit easier going on traffic enforcement?  Maybe not after this fishing row! 

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 06:23

Don't forget passport photos needed. 

Sat, 09/11/2021 - 21:43

Our area just recorded name address and contact number. We weren't contacted by them again during our stay. 

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 04:21

I have just returned from a trip to Italy. A couple of points that maybe of interest. 

Local pharmacies in Italy are offering covid test with certificate issued immediately at a cost if 15 eur. 

Re the green pass it was a bit hit and miss sometimes the scan worked but more often it didn't at which point we were waived through to our table. If you have enough official NHS papers barcodes etc ii has been okay. 

Day 2 test on return cost us 43gbp each, mailed to home address. 

The biggest change is the time it takes to clear customs etc on your return. They now have a lot more forms to check and there is lots of people in front fumbling in car boots or trying to power up tablets etc. Leave longer if you must make your crossing time (yes I did miss our boat. 2. 30 hr wait. 

Was all worth the hassle the stress quickly disappears after a couple of spritz aperol


Mon, 08/02/2021 - 05:16

This is the one we used book online and walk in appt. 


London Medical Laboratory Guildford 

6 Market Street

Fill in you Italian locator info and arrival time etc the five day quarantine starts from then. On day 6 go to local pharmacy book a flow test for about 30 euro and an hour later you will have clear  test results. Don't forget to ask for green pass at the same time.


Sun, 07/25/2021 - 07:29

Update on Italy trip. 

We filled in customs declarations and items everything with nominal values and attached receipts for higher value items. All in a folder with our Italian codice fiscal, house ownership papers, Italian property tax bill and any other obscure bits of official looking Italian papers. 

We had a rapid antigen test taken at a walk in centre in Guildford with the results certificate emailed with in half an hour. 

We had copies of our double vaccine certificates. 

Dover French passport control checked and stamped passports and wanted to see proof of double vaccine and then we head up to the customs sheds.... Nothing straight through.

Off at calais towards the customs are.... Straight through no checks, no interest. 

Switzerland at the boarder pulled over to get vignette, official approached us... Only interested in vignette, one for car and one for big full looking trailer.

Italian border big queues approached the official.... Straight through didn't even want to see our proof of negative test. 

So we have arrived. 

Lots of work beforehand but the actual trip was no different to any other time.