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Anyone out there own a winery/cantina in Umbria or know someone who does? I am a uk wine merchant now living in Italy and currently looking for unpaid work to help build my Italian language skills.

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 09:29

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Mon, 02/28/2011 - 08:50

If you are just on a road trip rather than touring, try Holiday Inn Express, Luzern.  Its on the motorway just to the north of Luzern, good safe parking, has a Marche services beside it for an evening meal (which is pretty decent) and price includes breakfast.  We've stayed a few times on our way back to Italy, last time 10 days ago. Both places take cards or Euro's, even paid in GBP.  Luzern is lovely, Hotel des Balances in the centre is a great place to stay if you are not hurrying through.

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 06:45

Yes, we were amongst those who learnt about Gas early on.  900 Euro's a month last Jan/Feb!!  This winter burnt wood in the stufa - 300 euro will have seen us through all the colder months and utility bills now average about 100 pcm. Hijacking on the freight issue as wlll  - Cedric think you are trying to get your kit to near where we are trying to get things to!  Only prob is that I think you are needing it later in the year. Does anyone know the cheapest way to get things here?! Had quotes for 1250 cu ft of furniture etc (33 cu m) ranging 2700 plus VAT up to 5800 plus VAT.  There is a company called Movecorp who seem great value on part loads, they have been very helpful but found a couple of nasty reviews - has anyone used them or heard of them?

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 10:47

Elvis/Cedric We are also looking to get our furniture over to "middle Italy" (approx 23sq m) - part load on an 'Artic seems to be cheapest but virtually all quote requests/emails not being answered - where abouts was Fox's based, is that the Kent company? and they did part loads?  Thanks

Fri, 12/10/2010 - 10:49

We've just got back from a return drive to the UK - the worst snow and chaos being the M20 in Kent.  The Swiss and French are pretty good at keeping their major roads open - a pair of snow chains and/or winter tyres might make you feel better, however if the roads are that bad the best bet is usually to keep off them.  My advice - bring loads of screen wash, pack your coat and wellies and be prepared to take an extra day or so if the weather gets bad.  Have a good trip.

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Mon, 06/07/2010 - 06:25

There are lots of expats around - a good new network group on facebook is umbria lovers - nothing dodgy, a group set up by a couple of youngish italian couple for those people who love umbria - had a great get together in perugia recently.  we are nr. Todi by the by!

Mon, 03/08/2010 - 06:07

  Its a compact two bedroom cottage - 2 up 2 down with a bathroom upstairs - old building.  Large double sliding glass doors onto terrace and a couple of other large windows.  We have a log burner which we use for all the heat in the evening - hence only central heating for 3 hours early morning from the combi boiler. Needless to say not using the central heating any more!

Fri, 03/05/2010 - 17:01

  Thank you for the responses, all very helpful, still not sure whether we should keep expecting the 400 euro pm gas bills, but i agree angie, its not fair to blame the gatto! Roll on the warmer weather - otherwise i'm cooking the tables and chairs in the burner!

Fri, 03/05/2010 - 14:04

  Heating on for 3 hours a day, plus hot water, and yes its radiators - think we have 5 in the house - plus the log burner for the evening.

Fri, 03/05/2010 - 13:48

  No, and you're right, you should'nt! You might get send back or kept in Blighty (Blightey?, whatever!) if you carry on like that!!

Fri, 03/05/2010 - 13:45

  We're being charged for about 600 litres of gas for the two months - no idea whether thats good or bad - are candles expensive too, are you better with scented or not?!!! Also think the cat might be using up too much heat.