Category Archives: Survival

Surviving a parking fine in Italy

Last October we incurred a parking fine in Macerata, a dignified city and former regional capital. We left our car in a road just below the walls and bought a parking ticket from a machine. I’m afraid it’s a bit worn … Continue reading

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Theft and absence: what you should know before you buy a second home.

This is a translation of my previous post, which I wrote in Italian, without too many mistakes, I hope, because I wanted to give Italians some idea of what it’s like to own a holiday home in the bel paese. I had … Continue reading

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Assenza e furto: i problemi della casa di vacanze

Ho avuto un po’ di difficoltà nello scrivere questo articolo. Con difficoltà si ammette che i proprietari di una seconda casa abbiano problemi. Soni i senzatetti che hanno problemi, non noi. Ciononostante, ho definito questo mi blog come “il punto di vista … Continue reading

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The Englishwoman survives rain in Italy (with a little help from Dante).

Rain I love the book “The Enchanted April” by Elizabeth von Arnim, but every time I read it a little voice says to me, “In real life it would have been raining!”. It rains a lot in Italy, and the … Continue reading

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How to fill up with petrol/gasolene in Italy.

Do this on the autostrada whenever you can. It’s open 24/7 and attended. Failing that, try to fill up on the superstrada, i.e. a toll-free highway with two lanes in each direction. But be warned! It was in a superstrada filling station … Continue reading

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Surviving mosquitoes in Italy.

Do you have a fantasy of drinking or dancing in a smart Italian venue on a warm evening, wearing a glamorous dress to show off your tan and a pair of high-heeled strappy sandals? Well, forget it, unless you want to … Continue reading

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Desperately seeking a nice cup of tea in Italy

Most Italians don’t understand the concept of a nice cup of tea, any more than most English people understand the concept of coffee. I was in the queue for the till at Imec (pronounced Eemech), the local electrical shop, with … Continue reading

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