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Hi all, we've been in Italy for some time and realise that because all our income is in the UK, we haven't done an Italian Tax Return.Does anyone know of a good commercialista in Puglia or Basilicata that can help us -  it would help if they spoke

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 11:24

We have just brought our microchipped cat to live with us in Basilicata. In the UK his microchip details were registered with petlog. Is there an Italian equivalent?

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 12:21

I've just picked up (from the useful "Rob's satellite News" and confirmed on the BBC website), that BBC radio streams will be moving from the current Europe-wide transponder beam to the UK-only spot beam on 15th Oct.

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 06:15

I will be coming to live in Italy next year and will be applying for residency. I am thinking of buying a second hand LHD car in England and driving it down. I have seen a car for sale that already has Italian plates.

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 17:16

Are there new stricter regulations following on from the Abruzzo earthquake? our geometra has told us that it is no longer possible to rebuild existing stone walls without extensive (and expensive) additional re-inforcement.

Sat, 10/24/2009 - 10:20

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Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:27

Hi, It does depend a lot on where you are coming from!  If it is an EU country, then there will be possibilities.  If non-EU, then it will get rather more com[plicated.Good Luck!

Answer to: Tomato Soup
Tue, 11/29/2016 - 05:34

The southern italian attitude to soup:"The Prince was too experienced to offer Sicilian guests...a dinner beginning with soup. But rumours of the barbaric foreign usage of serving an insipid  liquid  as a first course had reached the notables of Donnafuga too insistantly for them not to quiver with a slight residue of alarm at the start of a solemn dinner such as this."  The Leopard - Tomasi di LampedusaAnd that's still the attitude round here in Basilicata, so it's very hard to find any soup in the shops.:)

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:27

It does seem that Comunes like to make ther own interpretations of rules, and as with many things in Italy, it all depends on who you know.Both for me and my wife, getting residency was no trouble at all. We filled in the forms with the friendly Anagraf at the Comune, had a visit from the Vigili to make sure we did live at our house, and a week or so later picked up our certificates.  We also got our Tessera Sanitaria to give us Italian health care!But we do live in a very small rural Southern village, where we are the only foreigners, and so do get treated as something of an oddity to be looked after!

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 16:16

I brought my car out from UK 4 years ago, used it for a year before registering on Italian plates - (though you are supposed to change to Italian registration after 6 months).Yes, Italy has both MOT (Revisione) which is every two years, and Road Tax (Bollo), to be paid in January each year.  Driving indefinitly on an untaxed and unMOT'd UK registered car COULD land you in trouble at one of the regular Caribinieri roadside checks.  I know some people risk it, but...

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 06:27

Hi, when we went to register for the health service to get ourTessera Sanitaria  - first with the GP and then with ASL - they looked blankly at the S1 form from the UK. Even though we think that we are not entitled to health cover without them reclaiming the costs from the NHS in UK, we were told - "you have a residency and an Italian ID card, you are paying our taxes, so you get our health cover" !

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 04:08

Hi,  I'm glad to see that you are considering the South - Basilicata and Calabria give an amazing range of scenery from high mountains to lovely beaches, and you will get a lot more for your money than in the touristy 'Chiantishire' areas of Tuscany and Umbria (nice though they are). The downside is that there is less developed tourist infrastructure, and fewer people will speak english.Happy hunting!

Tue, 01/05/2016 - 04:03

"... snow chains are an option.." Just be aware that in many areas of Italy, the Carabinieri will fine you for not having snow chains in the vehicle - even if it is a fine, sunny day -  between set dates , usually November to March.I know snow chains are an optionI know snow chains are an optionI know snow chains are an option

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 05:22

Hi, when we moved out here to Italy, we used:'s a bit like eBay, you list what you want moving, where and when, and hauliers send you quotes.  Check out the references etc, and you should get a good deal... a lot of hauliers use it to fill a returning lorry or van.we got a really good deal, with a london company, with two lovely Lithuanian lads who arrived earlier than planned!Good Luck with all the moving!

Sat, 09/19/2015 - 02:56

well, I am in the backward rural south, where the idea of booking online is still many years in the future -  I was not complaining, just commenting on one of the quirky aspects of life in Italy.   After all, without an hours wait at the Post office for a stamp, how do you get to chat to all your friends and neighbours?

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 04:07

Sorry, I had to laugh at the idea that you could go into any official office in Italy and get something done in 10 minutes.....  Maybe 10 minutes with the official, who may well be very friendly and helpful,but allow for at least two hours of waiting! :)