Italian TV licence Italy

Update for 2013 the license for your television in Italy is 113,50 euros and due by 1/31/13. Visit the italian national TV website and click your lingo flag in top right hand corner for details in German, Spanish, French & English.  Any doubts for a normal family house with 1 or more TVs simply pay the “abbonomenti ordinari” ordinary subscription.

Where & how to pay ? New subscribers

Existing subscribers you just need your TV licence number and a special code both on the renewal form you should have rec’d and then you can pay online at these sites: GruppoEquitalia or PaschiRiscossione


Update for 2012 the italian tv licence fee is 112euros and due by 31/1/12. Visit RAI to pay

Italian TV licence annual renewal is due by 31st January 2010 for any of you that own a house in Italy with a TV in the italian property. This is know by the Italian state TV the RAI as a subscription. Visit RAI for further details and how to pay (click relevant language flag in bottom left corner). This also applies to you italian abroad still owning your house in Italy. Annual subscription 109 euros for 12 months.

ps Some of you may have searched italy TV license not Italian TV licence.

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BBC Radio rights restrictions

I turned on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning as usual to hear the recorded message “due to rights restrictions this part of the programme is unavailable”.

Then i tried BBC Radio 5 jsut to check and i get the same message.

I am in Italy….is anyone else getting this recorded message ? or just me ?

Is this because of the Olympic opening event this eve ? or the Olympics in general…and if so how long does this restriction  last ?

Anyone from the BBC please answer in comments others please answer the below question and once we have a 1000 answers/votes i will forward it to the BBC.

If you are abroad can you hear the BBC radio ?

Click Yes or NO to the question. (no need to be a registered member…this is an open public poll.)

Can you hear the BBC radio on line outside the UK ?

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Salemi 2012 news

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Salemi Castle

Remember Salemi ? and the 1 Euro property regeneration project…

Follow here for a Salemi 2012 update further to recent Salemi news.

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Italy sinking

Italy sinking

ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 18: Prime Minister Desi...

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Apart from the obvious pun of the cruise ship Costa Concordia which crashed last Friday off the Tuscan coast near the island of Giglio near Grosetto, Tuscany, one wonders economically and socially is Italy sinking ?

Is it time to jump the boat before been left last man onboard to turn the lights out like captain Schettino did ?

Not covered by the international media but last week Sicily came to a grinding holt. A strike by lorry drivers blocking motorways and principal transport routes started last weekend, by Thursday the supermarket shelves were empty, petrol stations dried up, stores without supplies and okay life is slow here, but last week it was scary. It felt if though Sicily had literally stopped functioning.

Amazingly seasonal, zero mile supplies became popular like once upon a time. Prices though shot throw the roof, even the black economy benefitted with under the counter sales of scare products. There was even rumours the mafia was starting to get involved (if not already) controlling market prices.

Personally i was without petrol, not even enough to get to the airport in case of an emergency departure. I felt trapped. At least the cash machines worked in case a shop had some supplies. Ok it only lasted till Saturday, probably because the mums told their lorry driver sons to get back to work as their food supplies dried up for Sunday lunch…but even now Tuesday shops, stores, supermarkets are only just starting to stock up. With people now panic buying in case of a repeat strike, those few supplies arriving are quickly disappearing. Fortunately today i managed to find a petrol station with petrol, so i feel safer.

But worse the strike is now rolling out across the mainland. From north to south from Milan to Puglia roads blocked, lorries not delivery, live & fresh stock reaching sell by date, queues at petrol stations starting to form and some gas stations already dry. Even a protestor has been killed by a German lorry driver.

This is the people’s revolution against Mario Monti austerity reforms. Monti euro technocrat probably appointed by world banks to control their interests. With property tax on owner’s primary residence been reintroduced after 5 years, increases of VAT, redundancy growing, tax evasion been stamped on, from liberation of Chinese walled markets like taxis, chemists, notarys and more….the population have had enough and the Italian revolution has started and is Italy sinking ?

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Free Ski week at Brembo Ski

FreeSki for 6 days at Brembo Ski in Val Brembana, 1 hour north of Bergamo BGY airport, Italy. Book a ski apartment or ski chalet from the participating ski accomodation in Foppolo for 1 week and get a 6 day free ski pass.

Brembo ski pass daily price is 21euros, saving you 126 euros.

Offer is available during the following dates :

7-15 January 2012 / 14-22 January 2012 / 17-25 March 2012 / 24 March – 1 April 2012 /.

You must stay in either :

3 star 7 day half pension ski hotel/chalet (costs 355euros/person/week) or a 2 star 7 day half pension ski apartment costing 306 euros/person/week. Get your voucher at the ski hotel and present at the Brembo ski lifts and pick up the 6 day free ski pass.


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Brembo Ski – Val Brembana

La Valle Brembana : Brembana Valley : Brembo Ski

Just over 1 hours drive north from Bergamo airport BGY (ryanair call it Milan-Bergamo or as it is known locally “Orio al Serio” airport), you can be in the Brembana Valley ski resorts of Foppolo – Carona – San Simone, collectively known as the ski resort “Brembo Ski”.

We have many Italian ski chalets, ski apartments for sale In Italy on our books. Contact for more details.

Why Brembo Ski ? Its just over an hours drive from BGY. That is it’s the nearest skiing to any Italian airport. It’s already popular with English school trips. Many small apartments ideal for kids groups. A 1970’s resort a bit like Marilleva, was popular but as skiing became more of a lifestyle event rather than intensive skiing they lost their market share to other smarter resorts. There were political problems between the 3 local resorts and they never got it together. Now the local mayors of each town are on the same side and they are re-investing into the infrastructure and have brought serious international investors in to the area.

The Italian group De Benedetti has recently bought out the whole old ski infrastructure and is now committed with local partners to spend over 100million euros in the redevelopment of the area, creating new hotels, new parking, new ski lifts  and new property developments.

Skiing : these slopes are great for beginners & intermediate skiers.

Follows relevant ski local website information for documenting :

Brembo Ski (English links in bottom right hand corner)

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Berlusconi resigns Italy

Finally after the pressure in the Eurozone and outside observors piling on the pressure it finally looks like Berlusconi is to quit. After an afternoon meeting with Napolitano the president he had planned to have another confidence vote in parliament (his 55th) but after today when he didn’t get a majority on the austerity plans (though they won) it looks like another confidence vote would fail so prudently he is planning to step down but without a fight.

Italian Dolomites Dolomiti Superski Winter ski season 2011

Early snow above 1000m in the Italian Dolomites has triggered skiing fever for winter 2011-2012 ski in Italy. In the Dolomiti Superski Italian ski resorts the ski season for winter 2011-2012 is due to start on 26th November 2011. Special holiday deals are available through Dolomiti Super Premiere for the early season till 22/12/11 offering 4 nights for the price of 3.

Would you like to buy italian ski property in Canazei, Corvara, Val di Zoldo or Alleghe in the Italian Dolomites then contact MIPC to view some ski investment properties in Italy.

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Italy soverign debt rating cut by Standard & Poor SP Italian

Italy debt rating cut by S&P from A+ to A. It was inevitable, with Berlusconi’s lack of seriousness in addressing the EUro crisi issue quickly and professionally… whilst he is popping in and out of court under various allegations involving prostitution, bribes and corruption…finally the outside world moves against him and the Italian economy, as domestically little is resolved as many Italians still admire him for been so “machio”.


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Trapani TPS airport – Mazara del Vallo

How to get from trapani airport to Mazara del Vallo ?

As from 8th August 2011 there is now a bus connecting Trapani TPS airport directly to downtown Mazara del Vallo (via Guido Dorso).

Departure times from Trapani airport to Mazara (journey 60 minutes) are : 5:45  7:40  13:40  14:55  16:45  20:30  23:30

Departure times from Mazara (via Guido Dorso) to TPS airport are: 4:45  6:20  7:45  13:50  15:15  19:15  22:00

Service ran by local “AST” bus. Tickets cost 3.6 euros.

Follow here for more info on Trapani TPS airport

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