Monday, December 24, 2007

Info on Ben's and Martha's 2007 Christmas Letter

Here is our 2007 Christmas Letter from Italy:

Season Greetings to Everyone (Buon Feste Tutte),

For some of you, if you had not heard from us in a while, it is because Missy and Ben have moved to a rennovated farm house built in 1650 on approximately 50 acres (23 hectares) just outside of Monte San Savino in the province of Arezzo in the region of Tuscany, Italy.

December is the start of our third full month in Italy and we are enjoying our time here. There were a lot of “firsts” this year for us. It was our first cruise, transatlantic on the Queen Mary II from NYC to Southampton, England with our 15 year old dog, Siena Lucca. We have seen and felt our first season change in Italy. It was our first Thanksgiving together outside America, first time in Italy during the months of November and December with many more “firsts” to come. We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve Italian style.

It is hard to believe that this time last year Ben was planning to start a new job in January but instead we will end 2007, living in Italy. Talk about doing a 360, it made our heads spin. In February, Missy received notice that she had become an Italian citizen. In just 7 months: we sold our house, packed to move and to store our belonging’s, shipped 41 boxes to Italy including a Weber grill and several boxes of Asian ingredients, sailed on the Queen Mary II with 21 bags, took a ferry to France and met Ben’s daughter, Maria, with a leased mini-van, drove through France and Italy to our rental house on a farm on top of one of the largest hills in the area outside of and above a small town in Tuscany.

Within a few days, we ran into Italian bureaucracy that we have read and heard so much about. But that did not spoil our fun or stop us from going to festivals: duck, with Maria and polenta with another Expat couple, Barb and Art, (whom we had met on one of our previous trips to Italy) and Missy’s cousin and husband from Delaware, Jeanne and Fred. Friends, Nina and Ellen, whom Missy worked with at Clyde’s, a restaurant in Northern Virginia, were our first guests to stay in our guesthouse. Oh, and we had to buy a car.

By the way (BTW), hunting season started the day after we arrived on 15 September and it is still hunting season in Italy! As recently as this past Sunday, 23 December, we could hear gunshots, barking dogs and the shouts and sounds of hunters nearby in our rental house. Yes, they were that close. Fortunately, we were prepared and had read about the start of hunting season. When we were visiting my sister, Bea, and her family in Kansas City, Kansas this past July, we bought a blaze orange vest for Siena Luca and blaze orange clothing for Missy and myself at Cabela’s, a huge outdoor and hunting store not far from my sister’s house to wear when we go outside to walk the dog.

In the months that followed, we have gone; to 2 different truffle festivals, San Miniato and San Giovanni d’Asso, a chocolate festival in Arezzo, a pumpkin festival with another Expat couple, David, Indah and their son, Alex, in Foiano della Chiana, a tasting of typical Tuscan foods at a exposition of Agriturismos (working farms that can derive part of their income from renting rooms or houses to paying guests) in Arezzo, and traveled down roads that we have not been down before in Tuscany. We had Thanksgiving dinner, turkey with most of the traditional trimmings with another expat couple, Tania and Keith whom we have known for almost 3 years. We have attended several weekly outdoor markets in and around the province of Arezzo.

We have discovered new restaurants and taken friends and family to some of our favorites from past visits. However, life is not all festivals, outdoor markets and eating, our paper chase continues.

Even though, Missy has an Italian passport. We both have to have recognized residency in our local comune (town) and identity cards (carta d’ identica). To get identity cards, we needed to submit copies of birth certificates, marriage certificates and, sometimes we think, every piece of paper we ever touched. Most of these documents had previously been translated into Italian, notarized and have been certified by the various Secretary of State offices where we have previously lived or were born in: Kentucky, the District of Columbia, North Carolina and Virginia. We have made (9) separate trips to the Anagrafe office in Monte San Savino where we had to submit our documents separately. We are very grateful to our neighbor Alessio and his mother, Rita, in assisting us with this process and requirement to live legally in this comune.

We each had to get Italian tax numbers, known as Codice Fiscale. Ben (the non-citizen) had to submit additional paperwork to register with the questura (police) and will received a document called a Carta di Soggorno (Cdis). Being married to an Italian citizen, he gets the Cdis not the more common Permiso di Soggorno (Pdis). He is lucky that this whole process changed within the past year and the paperwork is submitted via the Italian Post Office rather than standing in line at the questura office in Arezzo.

Ben had an appointment at the questura office in mid-December regarding his request for a Carta di Soggorno. In addition to all the paperwork he had initially submitted back in October at the Italian Post Office, he was asked for more documents and another set of photographs. He provided copies of our marriage certificate both in English and one translated into Italian, proof of financial worth (copy of bank statement and a letter from the Social Security Administration showing monthly benefit) and (4) passport size photos. Ben had to return because some machine had broken down (or so we were told) and the following day, he had to be digitally photographed and have his finger and palm prints taken. He was told by 2 different individuals that he was to return to the questura in 1 month or in 2 months to pickup his Carta di Soggorno. Needless to say, one never gets a straight forward answer in Italy.

December was a very good month for us. Besides Ben getting his first appointment with the questura, he received his carta d’ identica from the comune we live in. After which we applied for and received our health cards from the regional health authority to receive medical care and prescriptions. We now have a doctor and made our first visit to his office to get prescriptions for our various medications that we had in the States. What was amazing was that we did not have to pay for the office visit or for any of the medications. Also, you should be aware that there was no office staff supporting this doctor. When we knocked on his office door, he was in his office (just 1 room, 10’ X 16’) by himself behind a desk with a desktop computer and monitor, an examination table, a bookcase, his diploma on the wall and a few other items. Outside his office was a waiting room that he shared with another doctor. When you entered the waiting room, you asked the people sitting there who was the last person to enter and what doctor they were waiting for. It was a lot different than the doctor’s offices that Missy and I had been to in the States.

Ben’s other daughter, Annalisa, and her friend Owen, will be arriving at the end of the month for a short visit and will celebrate bring in the New Years with us. They will be bring with them a care package (read suitcase) with various items that we can’t find here or would like to have in Italy. It will also contain some surprise Christmas presents for Missy that she doesn’t know about.

Making it to Italy would not of been possible without the assistance, support and help of friends and family. Ben wants to recognize and express his and our thanks to: BK & Jim (Missy’s best friends from NC), Jane our next door neighbor & her family (VA), Bonnie & Pete (Missy’s cousin & her husband in NJ), Carmela & Antonio (our friends in Meta, Italy), Nina & Ellen (Missy’s former co-workers from Clyde’s), Bea (Ben’s sister in KS), Maria & Annalisa (Ben’s daughters) and Pat (Ben’s ex-wife). There are more individuals to list and thank for their assistance and support but these specific individuals helped get us out of Virginia or into Italy or provided items that we needed here in Italy. Also, we are very fortunate and blessed to have wonderful neighbors on either side of us: Ida and Luciano with 2 children, Alessio and Serena with a new born girl and his mother, Rita.

So far, so good! We plan on keeping busy in the months to come by renting out our guest house. Let us know if you will be in the area and plan to stay with us and/or share a glass a wine.

One last comment, one our biggest frustrations in this part of Italy is the lack of low cost and easy internet access. We live too far out of town for ADSL or cable. The dialup connection is very slow, expensive and unreliable. There are NO internet cafes in Monte San Savino. We go to a hotel lobby in Gargonza for Wi-Fi access from our respective laptops at a cost of 2 Euro/hour. With the current exchange rate, that comes out to just under $3.00/hour. The other choice is our town’s municipal tourist office. There it is free but at this time of the year, only available 3 nights a week for 2 hours but there are only 3 computers, available on a first come basis and there’s no privacy. So please be aware that if you drop us a email MSG, it may take several days to respond back to you.

Happy Holidays to you and the best of New Year’s (Buon Feste e Felice Nuovo Anno!).

Ben and Missy

Snail mail address:

Podere Covivole
Gargonza 81
52048 Monte San Savino (AR)
Italy

PS

When you get a chance read Ben’s blog: Moving2italy2.blogspot - The #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

PSS

Here are a few photographs and of our journey to Italy.



Photograph #1: Sign on our house in Vienna, VA, February 2007



Photograph #2: Missy with her friends from NC who made several trips up from Oxford to help us pack, load U-Haul trucks and just did anything else to help us move, July, 2007.



Photograph #3: Just a few of the 21 bags we took on the Queen Mary II, the ferry to France and in the leased mini-van, September 2007.



Photograph #4: Missy's cousin, Bonnie and her husband Pete who helped get us, Siena Lucca and all the luggage to Queen Mary II in Brooklyn, NY, September 2007.



Photograph #5: Ben and Missy on the Queen Mary II passing the Statue of Liberty. A very emotional and memorable moment for my wife.



Photograph #6: Missy onboard the Queen Mary II with a sub from Voltaco's, Ocean City, NJ



Photograph #7: Missy and Siena Lucca taking a stroll on the Queen Mary II.



Photograph #8: Ben, Missy and Siena Lucca at the French/Italian border by Menton, France.




Photograph #9: Our rental house, Podere Covivole, outside of Monte San Savino (AR)



Photograph #10: The 1 bedroom/1 bath stand-alone guest house at Podere Covivole



Photograph #11: Just one of the many sunsets we have enjoyed since September, 2007 with a glass of wine or scotch in hand.

That's it for Monday, 24 December 2007: lunedì, 24 dicembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

"Il languaggio dell'amore e negli occhi."
"The language of love is in the eyes."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Info on Online Travel Companies for Travel to Italy

Here are some links for Online Travel Companies for Travel to Italy:

EUROPEAN BASED

  • Opodo "is a leading pan-European online travel."

USA BASED

  • Expedia – "Purchase airline tickets, make hotel reservations, find vacation packages, car rental & cruise deals at the travel agency rated #1 in customer satisfaction."
  • Fodor's – "FOR CHOICE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES"
  • ORBITZ – "The faster, easier way to find hotels, airline tickets, vacation packages, travel deals, car rentals and cruises. Compare and save at ORBITZ."
  • PerilloTours – "With perillotours.com, experience wonderful vacations to Italy, Spain and Hawaii. Escorted tours."
  • Priceline.com – "Shop and compare great deals on flights, hotels, rental cars, vacation packages, cruises, last minute deals, weekend deals, and more!"
  • lonely planet – "therefore I travel"
  • SideStep – "The traveler's search engine"
  • Travelocity – "Book travel for less with Travelocity's specials on airfares, hotels, cruises, car rentals and more."
ARTICLES
MISCELLANEOUS
* = Blog entry has been updated.

The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

Please note: I do NOT represent or endorse any of these links nor do I receive payment for listing them in my blog.

That's it for Friday, 21 December 2007: venerdì, 21 dicembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

"Vira privata, vita beata."
"Hidden life, happy life."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Info About, For or On Italy Seeking Guest Writers

Dear Readers of my blog,

I need your help. Due to very slow internet access and questionable phone service (at times), I am seeking guest contributors/writers for my blog. This is because I cannot research and generate blog entries and postings like I did in the States before I arrived in Italy. I am getting further and further behind.

You can write anything About, For or On Italy based upon your personal experience while traveling to, around or living in Italy. You will be identified as the author of the blog entry.

Please leave a comment with your email address, I will be the only person viewing your actual email address.

I want to thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Buon Feste and Buon Natale!

That's it for Wednesday, 19 December 2007: mercoledì, 19 dicembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – The #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

"Piccola scintilla puo bruciare una villa."

"A little spark kindles a great fire."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Info on Internet Radio for Italy and beyond....

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 19 January 2008)

Here are some links on Internet Radio for Italy and beyond:


DEFINITION
GUIDES/DIRECTORIES
  • digitalradiotech.co.uk
    • Broadband Internet Radio – "This page provides links to broadband Internet radio streams for the bigger UK radio stations that are at a higher level of audio quality than they're at on DAB. The reason they're at a higher level of audio quality is due to them using more modern audio formats -- such as WMA, AAC and Ogg Vorbis -- than the outdated MP2 format that's used on DAB. Furthermore, the audio quality of Internet radio streams is likely to get better over time due to Internet bandwidth reducing in price, which allows the broadcasters to use higher bit rate levels."
    • Internet Radio – "Internet radio seems to have earned itself a reputation for being at low audio quality, which in a lot of cases has been a fair criticism up to now due to the bigger stations typically using very low bit rate levels until recently. However, the Internet will become the system that provides the highest audio quality out of all of the digital systems that carry radio within the next year or two (as of 2007)!"
  • Internet Radio – Source: NOKIA – “Connecting People”
  • Internet Radio Index – "Helping you Hear the World!"
  • Italian Internet Radio and Online News Radio – Source: Multilingual Books
  • Live365.com – "With thousands of stations and more than 4 million listeners a month, Live365 is the world's largest Internet radio network. The Company gives individuals and organizations a "voice" to be able to reach a global audience, while offering radio listeners an unparalleled choice in music and other audio content. Through easy-to-use tools and services, anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can create his or her own Internet radio station. As a result, Live365 offers the most diverse array of high-quality radio available today, with thousands of stations spanning myriad genres and representing over 150 countries."
  • live-radio.net – "You will not find "Internet-only" stations, which have NO connection with radio, listed on this website."
  • media guide: radio guide – Source: WindowsMedia.com
  • Online Radio: Listen by Format, Webcast Sources, And Software Players – Source: Radio Section of About.com
  • Pandora© – "radio from the Music Genome Project©"– NOTE: "… can no longer allow access to Pandora for most listeners located outside of the U.S."
  • PCTV4ME – Download free trial offer – Select "Category: Business, Entertainment, Music, News, Sports, Regional or All" – Select "Medium: Radio or Television or All" – Select "Country: drop down listing of countries"
  • radio-locator – "formerly the MIT list of Radio Stations on the Internet"
  • Radio Stations –"Thousands of radio stations on the Internet. ...but the best Internet radio stations are here." – Source: RadioRow
  • RadioTower.com – "QUICKLY FIND & LISTEN TO 4294 FREE INTERNET RADIO STATIONS IN 3 EASY STEPS:"
  • RECIVA – "INTERNET RADIO" – "... brings the world of Internet radio into your home. We provide access to an extremely diverse range of Internet radio stations from around the world, with broadcasts from nearly every country on the planet. We provide both live and on-demand ("listen again") content and we support Real Audio, Windows and MP3 streams."
  • SHOUTcast – "... the home of free Internet Radio. Tune-in to thousands of free online radio stations from DJs and broadcasters around the world."
  • UK Radio Stations broadcasting on the Internet – "*** The Internet's most up-to-date list of live links for UK radio stations simultaneously broadcasting on the web ***"
INTERNET-ONLY RADIO STATIONS
INTERNET RADIO STATIONS
  • BBC RADIO
  • NPR – National Public Radio – "... is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. A privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 26 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 860 independently operated, noncommercial public radio stations. Each NPR Member Station serves local listeners with a distinctive combination of national and local programming. With original online content and audio streaming, NPR.org offers hourly newscasts, special features and ten years of archived audio and information."
INTERNET TALK RADIO
FOR PAY/ONE-TIME FEE

MISCELLANEOUS

* = Blog entry has been updated.

The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

Please note: I do NOT represent or endorse any of these links nor do I receive payment for listing them in my blog.

This blog entry was originally part of one that I posted back in 2005. It has been updated and is for those individuals that are more interested in radio than TV. It should be noted that whatever I say or state for Italy with few exceptions is good for other countries in the world. This is just a sampling of the thousands of internet radio stations available on the internet.

That's it for Tuesday, 11 December 2007: martedì, 11 dicembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – The #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

"Dopo il dolce vien l'amaro."

"After the sweet comes the bitter."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 19 January 2008)

Friday, December 07, 2007

Info About AngloInfo for Italy

Here are some links for AngloINFO Italy:
AngloINFO "currently has four websites in Italy, serving Rome, Milan, Tuscany and Liguria, with more in the pipeline."

"Italy is a country of contrasts: the urban excitement of Rome, Milan and Naples, the rolling beauty of Tuscany and the craggy Amalfi coast. With so many different places to choose from, it attracts foreign residents for all sorts of reasons - from business-people building an international career to retirees choosing the languid pace of an Italian rural life."

"Whatever your reason for choosing Italy as your home, AngloINFO's world-class English-language information and interaction can provide you with the tools you need to smooth your move and enhance your life in Italy."

I have found AngloINFO to be an excellent resource for compiling and researching information for my various blog entries and postings on information about Rome, Milan, Tuscany and Liguria and about Italy. It is not perfect and depends on the interaction of its readers, supporters and various businesses for input, content and feedback. I believe they are trying to the best of their ability to bring accurate and timely information to its regional audiences and readers wherever they are located.

Since moving to Monte San Savino (AR) in the region of Toscana, I have made use of AngloINFO Tuscany – "Life in Tuscany, in English!" for finding out information about various events in the region, trying to find a place to repair my Yamaha stereo receiver and read the Forum to see what people are saying. I do make use of this resource.

The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

Please note: I do NOT represent or endorse any of these links nor do I receive payment for listing them in my blog.

That's it for Friday, 7 December 2007: venerdì, 7 dicembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – The #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

"Il vino e il latte dei vecchi."

"Wine is old men's milk."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Info about New Year’s/ La Festa di San Silvestro in Italy

Here are some links for New Year’s/ La Festa di San Silvestro in Italy:

NEW YEAR'S/LA FESTA DI SAN SILVESTRO
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
PHOTOS OF CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS IN ITALY
TRAVEL AND TRIPS
MISCELLANEOUS
The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

That's it for Friday, 30 November 2007: venerdì, 30 novembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – The #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

"I frutti proibiti sono I piu dolci."
"forbidden fruit is sweetest."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Info About Skiing and Snowboarding in Italy in 2007 and 2008

Here are some links about skiing and snowboarding in Italy in 2007 and 2008:

SKIING/SNOWBOARD CONDITIONS/WEATHER
SNOWCAMS/SKI RESORT CAMS/WEBCAMS
AVALANCHE INFORMATION
SKI RESORTS
TRAVEL GUIDE
MISCELLANEOUS
* = Blog entry has been updated.

The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

Please note: I do NOT represent or endorse any of these links nor do I receive payment for listing them in my blog.

Also note, there were several sources above that had "Warnings" at the bottom of the page of their respective web sites. I included them in this blog posting.

That's it for Tuesday, 27 November 2007: martedì, 27 novembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – The #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

"Gatto scottato dall'acque calda, ha paura della fredda."
"The scalded cat fears cold water."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Info About Christmas/Buon Natale/Epiphany (La Befana) in Italy, 2007

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 6 December 2007)

Here are some links about Christmas/Buon Natale/Epiphany (La Befana) in Italy, 2007:


CHRISTMAS/BUON NATALE
EPIPHANY (LA BEFANA)CHRISTMAS MARKETS
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS (festa or sagra)FOOD
LANGUAGE
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
  • UMBRIA
    • Expo Regalo – Christmas Shopping in Umbria - at Umbriafiere
      • From 1 - 9 December, 2007
      • Free admission
      • Not your ordinary Christmas market: food, clothing, furniture, Tupperware, jewelry, etc.
PHOTOS OF CHRISTMAS/NEW YEARS IN ITALY
TRAVEL AND TRIPS
MISCELLANEOUS
The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

One or more of the above blog entries above contains "Sound clips". When you see the words "Sound clip", please turn on the speakers connected to your PC.

That's it for Friday, 23 November 2007: venerdì, 23 novembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – The #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

"Ogni cuore ha il suo segreto."

"Every heart has its secrets."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 6 December 2007)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Info on Travel Blogs about, for or on Italy

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 4 March 2008)

Here are some links on Travel Blogs about, for or on Italy:

CONTRIBUTOR(S)
  • INDIVIDUAL
    • Bytes of Italy – "Random Pieces of Italian Culture, Food, Products and Travel" – ? – Location: ?
    • Bytes of Italy – "Random Pieces of Italian Culture, Food, Products and Travel" – ? – Location: ?
    • Florence Journal – ? – Location: Firenze (Florence), Toscana (Tuscany)
    • L'Italia Di Patrizia – Patrizia – Location: ?
    • Italy Heaven: news, tips and travel tales – "Italy travel, news, reports and thoughts from the creators of the lovely Italy Heaven tourist guide" – Contributors: Italy Heaven, Travelling Blonde – Location: ?
    • Italian's Insight to Travel Italy – "A view into Italian culture through food, wine, and travel. Twenty years of personal experiences expressed in a series of short stories. See Italy through my eyes and find the sometimes underdiscovered treasures that make Italy such a fantastic place. This is an attempt to help you stay clear of the tourist traps, see the world as an Italian and enjoy a few days away from the superficial, without requiring a second mortgage to pay for it. "– David & Raffaella – Location: ?
    • Living Venice…and beyond. – "Personal observations, information, and occasional instructions by author and Venice inhabitant Nan McElroy" – Nan McElroy – Location: Venice
    • Perugia Blog – "An Etruscan Town, a resident's point of view" – Location: Perugia, Umbria
    • Rome Blog: News, events and tips. – "News, events, peoples and all notice about Eternal city" – ? – Location: Rome, Lazio
    • Via Ritiro N.7 Diary – "This is a diary about the food, wine, culture, architecture and people of South-East Sicily in particular, and the Mediterannean in a more general sense. It is also a diary of - loveSicily - a small, independent tour operator that organises cookery courses and tailormade holidays in South-East Sicily. " – Katia Amore and Ronald Ashri – Location: Ispica (RG), Sicilia (Sicily)
    • Wandering Italy – James Martin – Location: ?
  • MULTIPLE CONTRIBUTORS

DIRECTORY OR REPOSITORY

  • Italy – "Italy Travel Blogs, Photos, Guides, Accomodation, Forum – Source: TravelBlog – "Free Inspiration"
  • Italy – "Italy travel blogs, photos and videos" – Source: Travel Pod – "The Web's Original Travel Blog"

PLANNING RESOURCES

NOT TRAVEL RELATED

MISCELLANEOUS

* = Blog entry has been updated.

The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific, please search the web for further information using
Google.

Please note: If you want me to reply by email to your comment or request for further information, please include your email address in a separate comment. I will NOT publish any comments with an email address in it.

Please note: The comments, remarks, observations made in the blogs above are those of the individuals in their respective blog postings and do reflect those held by this blogger.

While it's nice to read about travels in Italy, you need to experience the real thing. I have been very fortunate to have travel as much as I have and to have lived in Germany, Kuwait and now Italy for extended periods of time. Living in a foreign country is not like moving to another state or across the country. There are major differences but if you are flexible and open minded, you will adapt to your new surroundings.

That's it for Tuesday, 20 November 2007: martedì, 20 novembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today's quote is an Italian proverb, author unknown.

"La vita e un sogno."

"Life is a dream."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 4 March 2008)


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Info on International Airlines with flights to Italy

Here are some links on International Airlines with flights to Italy:

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES
SEASONAL
  • eurofly – "the best way to fly to italy" – In English, Italian, Russian – Limited destinations
CHARTER/LOW COST AIRLINES
LISTS
INFO ON AIRLINE SEATING, OTHER AMENTITIES AND AIRPORTS
  • SeatGuru "The ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities and airline information."
  • SKYTRAX "The global site for Airline and Airport Reviews, Flight Reviews, Seat Reviews, Airline Star Ranking .... and much more"
MISCELLANEOUS
* = Blog entry has been updated.

T
he above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

Please note: I do NOT represent or endorse any of these links nor do I receive payment for listing them in my blog.

That's it for Tuesday, 12 November 2007: martedì, 12 novembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Sicilian proverb, author unknown.

"Lu pisu di l'anni è lu pisu cchiù granni."

"The weight of years is the heaviest load."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Info on Travel Accessories and Gear for Italy

Here are some links on Travel Accessories and Gear for Italy:

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES AND GEAR
MISCELLANEOUS
* = Blog entry has been updated.

The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

That's it for Tuesday, 6 November 2007: martedì, 6 novembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is an Italian proverb, author unknown.

"Il denaro è fratello del denaro."
"Money comes to money."

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Info about satellite TV in Italy

Here are some links about satellite TV in Italy:

INFORMATION
SATELLITE TV
ALTERNATIVE TO SATELLITE TVMISCELLANEOUS
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The above links are current. If anyone has any suggestions for other sites, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry. For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

Please note: I do NOT represent or endorse any of these links nor do I receive payment for listing them in my blog.

That's it for Friday, 2 November 2007: venerdì, 2 novembre 2007.

Ciao, Ben

Moving2Italy2 – The #1 source of links About, For or On Italy for those individuals moving, traveling or already living in Italy.

Today’s quote is a Italian proverb, author unknown.

“Chi ben comincia è alla metà dell'opera.”
“Who starts well is halfway through its work.”

Please note: The time listed below for this posting is Central European Time (CET)/ GMT+1.