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Hi all, does anyone know if we take a digital TV from the UK to Italy if it will work OK there? Many thanks in advance.Toni

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 17:21

We have finally found a piece of land in Campania that we plan on buying for €53,000.00. It is classed as agricolo E/2.

Fri, 12/02/2011 - 16:30

Some of you may remember our posts a few months ago about driving down to our holiday home in Santa Marina via the swiss mountain passes.

Sun, 07/03/2011 - 08:08

We are driving down to Italy later on in the year and wondered if anyone can recommend somewhere decent to stay (that includes breakfast) between Lucern and Sarnen in Switzerland.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 05:47

Next year when we go to our house in Southern Italy we plan on driving down instead of flying.

Sun, 11/14/2010 - 17:17

We plan on driving to Italy next year and wondered if anybody has a left hand drive small 4x4 for sale, which is ideally UK registered.

Sun, 10/17/2010 - 17:36

I have been told that my grandfather was an Italian prisoner of war in England during the second world war. He met my grandmother and wanted her to go to Italy with him to live, but for some reason she wouldn't go.

Mon, 08/30/2010 - 05:39

Have often seen the ribbon decorations on the wedding cars in Italy and wonder how they are made. Have done a search on google, but not found how to make them.

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 10:00

We have been trying to top up our Italian mobile via the wind site the last few days. Each time we put in the amount required and the cell phone number as requested, but it will not go through to the next page.

Sat, 05/22/2010 - 12:52

Just wondering if anyone has seen turtles while they have been in Italy. If so, in which area did they see them and was it at a wildlife park, or somewhere more like in their natural habitat.

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 04:22

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Sat, 03/23/2019 - 16:42

We have driven through Switzerland several times with things for our house. We have taken purchase receipts with us, but have never been asked to produce them. They always seem more interested if we have got a vignette for our trailer than what we are carrying. We usually hit Switzerland via Basel and then towards Milan. Fingers crossed you will also sail straight through. Buona fortuna!

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 13:48

That's perfect! It is just what we want.Many thanks Modicasa!

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 16:26

Hi Annec The italian IBAN number is made up of a combination of 27 letters and numbers. The ABI should be the 6th - 10th characters and the CAB should be the 11th - 15th characters. The last 12 characters should be your account number. Looking at my english IBAN number the sort code is the group of numbers immediately preceeding the account number, so I would have thought that the five digits preceeding your account number should be the equivalent. All IBAN numbers follow a similar format, just some countries are longer and contain some letters in place of the numbers depending on how each bank is identified. As you have already given them your IBAN number I would have thought that they should have all the information that they need anyway. Have they said how many digits they need? Just in case you are still wondering, EFT stands for electronic funds transfer. Hope this helps Toni

Answer to: Mad Crow!
Sun, 06/10/2012 - 06:32

We had the same problem here in UK and apparently they see their own reflection in the glass, think it is another bird and want to attack it. Like you we were so fed up of the marks on the glass and the gouges in the putty. My husband was reading one of the Stephen King books and it mentioned that crows/rooks don't like owls. We did a bit of investigation on the internet and there are such things as large plastic owls that you can buy. We did buy one and it seems to work. It was only about £10 from ebay. Here is a link to the one like ours If you put in plastic owl as a search on ebay several come up. Hopefully someone will ship to Italy too, or perhaps they have such things in Italy anyway. Good luck. Toni

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 09:31

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Fri, 02/24/2012 - 09:29

...............Robertson McIssac. This is who we use and although we have never had to make a claim, so do not know how they would be in that situation, we have always found them very efficient in all other dealings and are reasonably priced too. They also cover for earthquakes. Here is a link to their page -

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 06:31

Buon natale anche voi da (sfortunatamente) inghilterra! Merry Christmas also to all of you from (unfortunately) England! Tanti auguri John e Toni

Sun, 12/04/2011 - 15:26

Hi Ram Hope you don't mind but we have PM'd you on these points. John & Toni

Sun, 12/04/2011 - 05:06

Bunterboy - we have done our homework over the last six years and have looked at other areas of Italy which do work out much cheaper, but always come back to Santa Marina and realise that we love that the best. We notice that you are over on the east side of Italy and perhaps that is priced differently too. We are happy with the price that we are paying for the amount of land that we are getting and where the location is which includes a beautiful coastal view. We plan on living there one day and therefore it has got to be right. Noddy - Good luck with your search for your perfect piece of land. Hope you are not too impatient, because as you can see it has taken us six years, but we have learnt quite a bit along the way!

Sun, 12/04/2011 - 04:57

Ram - We were not sure exactly what fees should be involved, so thought that we should put down all the details to save anybody having to ask any extra questions. We have since realised that we forgot to mention that a very small part of the total sq metres is classified as fabbr. rurale, although there is nothing to see there now (it is a little bit overgrown). Presumably this small part should incur lower purchase fees, but will have stamp duty on it? The scrittura privata that we have been sent, and been signed by the vendors does state the destinazione zona urbanistica as E/2 (zona agricolo). It also confirms that they have received the land by virtue of inheritance. There is also a paragraph included which says that the vendors guarantee full and exclusive ownership of the property for sale and that it is free from tax liens, vincoli and rights of way of third parties. We were given a copy of the visure when we looked first looked at the land. Many thanks for your quick reply. John & Toni