Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Info on "A Taste of Italy" trip in May, 2006

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 2 May 2006)

SOLD OUT

"You’re invited to join us for…

A TASTE OF ITALY

…the best of the Italian table from the most beautiful places in Italy!
MAY 10 ~ MAY 21, 2006

Come and discover the delicious differences of Northern and Southern Italian cooking, travel behind-the-scenes of the Italian table, and savor your way from CORTONA (in the green hills region of Tuscany, 1 hour south of Florence) to POSITANO (in the region of Campania, along the beaches of the Amalfi Coast). Relish the regional delicacies at fresh open-air markets, enjoy traditional specialties presented by proud locals, learn family secrets of the most respected restaurants, sample the region's wines at a local vineyard, watch artisans braid the freshest mozzarella and more! Somewhere along your Italian adventure, it will become perfectly clear why simply mentioning the Italian “CUCINA”, rich fruity olive oils, salty Pecorino cheese and ruby red Chianti heightens our senses and fills everyone with mouthwatering anticipation!

This adventure includes…
  • 5 days at a farm house villa in CORTONA, TUSCANY

  • 2 full-course cooking classes by Chefs Donatella and Riccardo

  • An olive oil farm visit, with lesson and sampling

  • The “Super Tuscans” Wine instruction and tastings

  • A Pecorino cheese farm visit with lesson and sampling

  • Transportation and free time to explore Cortona, medieval Siena and the hilltop town of Montepulciano (home of the famous Vino Nobile) Next, a scenic train ride to Southern Italy and…

  • 5 days in a 3-star water front hotel in POSITANO, on the AMALFI COAST

  • 2 hands-on full-course cooking classes by local chefs Vincenzo and Max

  • Milky Mozzarella cheese production demonstration and samplings

  • Transportation and free time to shop and explore the hilltop town of Ravello

  • Transportation and free time on the island of Capri, plus an island boat tour, transport on the island and even a chair lift to the very top for breathtaking sights!
2 Pre-Trip meetings for Language and Culture notes (to be held in Norfolk, VA and Annandale, VA areas), accommodations for 10 nights, 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners (wine and liquors included), all transportation to scheduled events from airport arrival to departure. Full time services of bilingual tour leader, individualized assistance for free time, and guaranteed unforgettable memories.
Standard double occupancy tour price: $1,785. Limited Singles and Superiors also available. Prices are “Land only”. The “Air Portion” is optional and will be available in December. Group is limited to 20. Registration began on October 20th.

For registration forms or more info please contact Janet Sass, jsass@nvcc.edu, Northern Virginia Community College's (NVCC’s) Hospitality Management Department tel. (703) 323-3458, or Sybil Haynes, sybil@dolcevitaadventures.com, at Dolce Vita Adventures
or tel. (571) 332-0658. Ciao!"

To the readers of this posting, I do not endorse this trip or in anyway represent NVCC. I am posting this trip as a favor for one of the instructors at NVCC. I know Sybil Haynes because she was my instructor in an "Italian for Travelers" class in the spring of 2005 at the NVCC campus (Annandale, VA). She will be the tour director. She was borned in Italy to an American father and Italian mother, She lived in Italy for a number of years and speaks Italian as a native including several dialects.

This trip to Italy is sponsored by NVCC’s Hospitality Management Department. You can earn one credit hour but you need to speak with Janet Sass about the requirements.

That's it for Tuesday, 22 November 2005: martedì, 22 Novembre 2005

Ciao, Ben

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

Da cosa nasce cosa.
One thing leads to another.

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 2 May 2006)

Monday, November 28, 2005

Info for Virtual Tours of Italy and Mini-Cams/Webcams in Italy

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 1 January 2007)

Here are the links for virtual tours and mini-cams/webcams in Italy:


MINI-CAMS/WEB
CAMS (LOCATIONS)
WEBCAMS AT SKI RESORTS
VIRTUAL TOURS
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 is just a sampling of webcams at ski resorts. There are many, many more. If you know of a favorite webcam, please leave a comment and I'll add to the appropriate category above.

That's it for Monday, 28 November 2005: lunedì, 28 Novembre 2005

Ciao, Ben

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

"I proverbi sono come le farfalle, alcuni sono presi, altri volano via."
Proverbs are like butterflies, some are caught, some fly away

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 1 January 2007)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Info on Real Estate and Property in Italy

(LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 10 June 2007)

Here are the links for real estate and
property in Italy:

REAL ESTATE ASSIST ADVISORY ASSISTANCE TO PURCHASE PROPERTY
  • Italian Real Estate Assist (IREA) – "is a specialized international consultancy focused on helping you purchase the property of your dreams in Italy. – covering the Marche, Umbria, and Emilia-Romagna regions of Italy."
REAL ESTATE LINKS
  • Amalfi Property Management – "... the first British company to actually base itself in the Amalfi centre of Salerno. Fluent in Italian but the first English and as far as we know the only English speaking company within the region. We specialise in helping British and Americans locate and move to the Amalfi and Bay of Salerno area. We provide a full and comprehensive service for our customers."
  • casa.it – In multiple languages
  • Casa Bella – In English and German
  • The Cincinnato's Dream – Italian real estate for sale in Umbria
  • Diamante Immobiliare – operates in the tourism-sector and locally, but does not limit itself to Castiglione del Lago and never stops searching actively for high quality real estate in the surrounding areas. –In Dutch, English and Italian
  • Europafim s.r.l. – In English and Italian – Agenzia Immobiliare in Sabina
  • Italia Property Management – The aim of Italia Property Management is to offer a “One stop shop” of services to their clients.
  • ItalianChoice – Our Service - Italian Property Consulting
  • Italiana Immobiliare – "...one of the leading property agencies in Florence"
  • Italian Property Gallery Limited – "specialise in real estate across Italy, with a particular emphasis on the Province of Lucca in Tuscany where we have our offices. Our portfolio ranges from small barns and apartments through to luxury villas and residences."
  • Italy – From TheMoveChannel.com –In multiple countries
  • ItalySimply – Services :: Properties :: Property Search :: Your Ideal House
  • key italy – The Italian Property Site – the new way to buy property in italy
  • La Casa Emilia in Emilia Romagna – Our role is to seek out and select on your behalf suitable Properties and Italian Real Estate in this beautiful area. We aim to help you find your perfect home abroad and remove all the risks associated with it. We represent no single Estate Agent but rather have extensive contacts throughout the region.
  • Le Marche Property Network – Properties for Sale
  • Magicalmarche – "is a real estate specialist with offices in the UK, San Benedetto del Tronto and Pedaso" – "REAL ESTATE SALES, CONSULTANCY, PROJECT DESIGN AND RENOVATION"
  • Marche-Romagna Immobili – "stands ready to help you fulfill that dream with the ownership of a new home, villa or farmhouse (which is called rustico) in some of Italy's most beautiful countryside. Our constantly updated data base offers a wide selection of properties to meet every taste and pocketbook. We will gladly make arrangements for the inspection of properties (from exclusive villas to farmhouses in need of restoration), without any obligation to us, including picking you up at the airport and making arrangements for a place to stay during your visit. Also, more than just assisting you with the formalities of making a real estate purchase, Marche-Romagna Immobili offers a total package which helps you to become comfortably involved with the country, people, and your new home." – In English and German
  • Monica Bruni, Case da Abitare – "houses to live in "le marche", Italy"
  • phosphoro.com – Northern Italy – In Italian and English
    • Padova (Padua) – Region: Veneto
    • Rovereto – Region: Trentino
    • Trento – Region: Trentino-South Tyro
    • Verona – Region: Veneto
  • Real Estate In Italy – International Real Estate Marketplace – Source: EscapeArtist.com
  • Real Estate Links – Source: Expats In Italy
  • Real Estate/Property in Italy – Listing of Real Estate companies, properties, resources, etc. – Source: Italianrus.com
  • Real Estate for Sale and Rent in Piedmont, Italy
  • Spirit of Umbria, Living in the green heart of Italy
  • Tecnocasa – principal national agency – In Italian Only
REAL ESTATE RENTALS
    REAL ESTATE ARTICLES REAL ESTATE : HORROR STORIES REAL ESTATE : BOOKS (CLICK ON ANY ONE OF THE BOOKS ON THE RIGHT TO GO TO AMAZON)
    • Buying a Home in Italy : A Survival Handbook by David Hampshire
    • Buying a House in Italy by Gordon Neale
    • Buying a Property: Italy by Monica Larner, John Howell
    • Buying a Property in Italy by Amanda Hinton
    • The Complete Guide To Buying Property In Italy by Barbara McMahon
    • Restoring a Home in Italy by Elizabeth Minchilli, Simon McBride (Photographer)
    REAL ESTATE MAGAZINES
    • Homes Overseas – "is the monthly property guide for those seriously searching for property abroad whether as a holiday home or as an investment. It is the leading point of reference for those seeking comprehensive and independent advice on overseas property."
    MORTGAGES
    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.

    CAVEAT EMPTOR is Latin for "let the buyer beware". Buying real estate and property in Italy can be and is a challenge. Please note: The real estate agent, the property owner or the person showing or inspecting the property for you, need not tell you or are they obligated to inform you of any deficiency about the property. As a prospective foreign buyer, you need to hire:
    1. Someone you can trust to inspect the property for you and provide in writing (English or in the language of your choice), the actual condition of the property inside and out with recommendations for any additions, modifications and/ or correction to structural, electrical, heating, sewer, etc. to property and/or bring up the property to current building code. Any cost estimates in Euro for additions and modifications should accompanied this property inspection report.
    2. Someone to guide you through the Italian real estate maze. Based on what I have read in other forums, it is normally NOT the real estate agent.
    There are hundreds, if not thousands of agencies, individuals that will rent or sell property to you in Italy. Buying and renting property in Italy is a lot different than in the States. You do not have the same safeguards and consumer protection than what you are used to let's say in Virginia or California.

    Be sure you not only checkout the property but also the real estate agent and their respective company. Some companies in Italy and elsewhere may have web sites that will catch your eye and/or offer to take the burden out of buying property in a foreign country. It is incumbent upon you to legally buy the property and to pay the required taxes.

    It should be noted that there are companies in Italy that for a "fee" will assist the foreign buyer (read non-Italian) with their real estate transaction. While this may allow a certain comfort level, be sure to checkout and verify these types of companies are legimate. You do not want your "Italian Dream House/Apartment" to become your worse nightmare.

    Several of the above web sites for properties, rentals or real estate agents/companies have been mentioned in various forums on Expats In Italy or slow travel italy.

    The above is only a sampling of what is available to you if you are looking to rent or buy in Italy. I am sure everyone may have a favorite real estate agent or company (Immobiliare) and to the best of my ability, I will update this blog entry with your suggested additions.

    That's it for Sunday, 27 November 2005: domenica, 27 Novembre 2005

    Ciao, Ben

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

    "Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro."
    "He who finds a friend finds a treasure."

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 10 June 2007)

    Saturday, November 26, 2005

    Info on Strikes, Demonstrations and Protest Marches In Italy

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 15 August 2010)

    Here are the links for on Strikes, Demonstrations and Protest Marches in Italy:

    INFORMATION
    MISCELLANEOUS* = Blog entry has been updated.

    For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

    The above links as of this date are/were current. If anyone has any suggestions for any other additional web sites and/or links for reference, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry.

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

    NOTE: If you want to leave a comment, please leave it in ENGLISH.

    Broken links: Since November, 2005, I have written over 300+ blog entries with 1,000's of corresponding links/URLs for Moving2Italy2, covering a varied and wide range of topics. In the event if you come across a broken link or a non-functioning link/URL, please post a comment and report the non-functional link. I wish to thank you in advance for assisting me in the ongoing maintenance and the updating of this successful and informative blog.

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

    Nothing can spoil the enjoyment of your trip, vacation or travel in Italy than a strike, demonstration or protest march. While most of these events are non-violent, it is best to stay clear of the strike, demonstration or protest march for your personal safety.

    You need to be aware of strikes, demonstrations or protest marches because they may affect your travel or transportation plans while you are traveling to/from Italy or when you are in the country. A few years ago, my departure from Italy was delayed by a day and a half by a baggage handlers's work stoppage at Malpensa Airport (Milan). Fortunately for me, American Airlines, provided lodging, meals and transportation from and back to the airport. However, one may incur additional expenses for missed or delayed arrival for reservations for lodging plus unexpected expenditures for additional meals, transportation, clothing, etc.

    One last reminder, do not pack your required medications in with your luggage! I cannot tell you how many times, I have spoken to individuals seeking assistance about getting their medications from their checked luggage or finding a drug store/pharmacy to refill a prescription for a required medication because of delayed or lost luggage.

    That's it for Saturday, 26 November 2005: venerdì, 26 Novembre 2005

    Ciao, Ben

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

    "Chi tardi arriva male allogia."
    "The latecomer finds bad lodging."

    When you have a free moment or two, please read my wife's interesting and entertaining blog about our life in Italy with photographs:

    Friends and Family in Italy


    Going to Spain, read my new blog:

    Info About, For or On Spain – a source of links About, For or On Spain for those individuals traveling or already living in Spain.

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 15 August 2010)

    Friday, November 25, 2005

    Info on Outlets and Shopping in Italy

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 11 August 2010)

    Here are the links for Outlets and Shopping in Italy:


    OUTLETS
    SHOPPING
    SHOPPING BY CITY OR REGION
    LISTS
    • Factory Outlets Italy – "Our web portal is one of the most complete directories for outlet searching, with 2200+ outlets divided per product categories and region. YOU can join the Shopping Club for just $ 39.99 and for 12 months and have the possibility to access the entire information about how to get to the outlets (sometimes they are not so easy to reach for someone who is not comfortable with the Italian territory). Our web portal provides contact numbers, product ranges, opening hours and the Google Maps location image. Furthermore, you will also receive our newsletters that provide additional discounts and special offers created with the outlet exclusively for the registered members" – Source: web site – Note: This list may not show other outlets located in places like, Valdichiana Outlet Village, McArthurGlen Designer Outlets, etc.
    RELATED
    MISCELLANEOUS* = Blog entry has been updated.

    For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

    The above links as of this date are/were current. If anyone has any suggestions for any other additional web sites and/or links for reference, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry.

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

    NOTE: If you want to leave a comment, please leave it in ENGLISH.

    Broken links: Since November, 2005, I have written over 300+ blog entries with 1,000's of corresponding links/URLs for Moving2Italy2, covering a varied and wide range of topics. In the event if you come across a broken link or a non-functioning link/URL, please post a comment and report the non-functional link. I wish to thank you in advance for assisting me in the ongoing maintenance and the updating of this successful and informative blog.

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

    All I can say is that these are just a few links for Outlets and Shopping in Italy. I am sure there are more but this will get you started.

    That's it for Friday, 25 November 2005: venerdì, 26 Novembre 2005

    Ciao, Ben

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

    "Volere 'e potere."
    "Where there is a will, there is a way."

    When you have a free moment or two, please read my wife's interesting and entertaining blog about our life in Italy with photographs:

    Friends and Family in Italy


    Going to Spain, read my new blog:

    Info About, For or On Spain – a source of links About, For or On Spain for those individuals traveling or already living in Spain.

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 11 August 2010)

    Thursday, November 24, 2005

    Info on the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy

    Here are the links for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Italy:

    U.S. EMBASSY
    MISCELLANEOUS – U.S. EMBASSY
    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.

    The U. S. Embassy in Rome and the Consulates in Italy are a resource open and available to all U. S. citizens and visitors.

    For those U. S. citizens living in Italy, it is suggested that in the event of emergency either locally in Italy or a family member back in the States, that you should register at the Embassy or at one of the Consulates. One does not have to do it but you never know when you will need the assistance of the U. S. Government. The Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) exists to serve Americans traveling or residing abroad. There has been a name change on the Rome Embassy web site. ACS is now called U. S. Citizen Services.

    Have a wonderful Turkey Day (read Happy Thanksgiving) wherever you are.

    That's it for Thursday, 24 November 2005: giovedì, 24 Novembre 2005

    Ciao, Ben

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

    Fa chi'u miracule 'o vino che Sant'Andulino.
    Wine performs more miracles than Saint Anthony.


    Info on Airports in Italy, Airport Guides and How to Get To and From the Airport

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 11 OCTOBER 2011)

    Here are the links for Airports in Italy, Airport Guides and How to Get to and from the Airport AKA (also known as) transfers:


    AIRPORTS
    AIRPORT GUIDES
    TRANSFERS TO/FROM AIRPORTS BY BUS OR MOTORBOAT OR RAIL OR SUBWAY OR WATER TAXI LINKS:
    LEFT LUGGAGE/LUGGAGE STORAGE
    • Take My Luggage; Please! – Posted on December 5, 2010 – Ron – Source: Ron in Rome!"Assistance, Advice, Thoughts on Visiting & Living in Rome!"
    • Please read the appropriate section under the sbove paragraphs in either "AIRPORTS" or " AIRPORT GUIDES"
    LISTS/DIRECTORIES OF ITALIAN AIRPORTS
    MAPS
    MISCELLANEOUS
    * = Blog entry has been updated.
    For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

    The above links as of this date are/were current. If anyone has any suggestions for any other additional web sites and/or links for reference, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry.

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

    NOTE: If you want to leave a comment, please leave it in ENGLISH.

    Broken links: Since November, 2005, I have written over 300+ blog entries with 1,000's of corresponding links/URLs for Moving2Italy2, covering a varied and wide range of topics. In the event if you come across a broken link or a non-functioning link/URL, please post a comment and report the non-functional link. I wish to thank you in advance for assisting me in the ongoing maintenance and the updating of this successful and informative blog.

    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 Wednesday, 23 November 2005: mercoledì, 23 Novembre 2005

    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.

    "Se non è vero, è ben trovato."
    "If it's not true, it's a good story."

    When you have a free moment or two, please read my wife's interesting and entertaining blog about our life in Italy with photographs:

    Friends and Family in Italy


    Going to Spain, read my new blog:

    Info About, For or On Spain – a source of links About, For or On Spain for those individuals traveling or already living in Spain.

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 11 OCTOBER 2011)

    © Benjamin H. Licodo, 2005 - 2011, All Rights Reserved.

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005

    Info about Internet Usage in Italy

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 11 June 2008)

    Here are the links for Internet Access, Portals and Providers in Italy:

    ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Lines)
    VOIP (Voice over IP)
    • lingo – offers unlimited local and long distance calls anywhere in the U.S., to Canada, and to Western Europe, plus over 25 calling features.
    • Skype is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype.
    • VOIP.HTML.itIn Italian Only
    • VOIP Your Life – "FREE YOURSELF FROM THE PHONE COMPANY'S HIGH PRICES!"
    • Vonage – Using an existing high-speed Internet connection, Vonage technology enables anyone to make and receive phone calls - worldwide - with a touch-tone telephone.
    WI-FI (Wireless Fidelity)
    • Hot SpotTin.it – In Italian Only
      • Tin.it – Characteristics of the service
    • Italian hotspots – Telecom Italia In Italian Only
    • JiWire – Find and safely use WiFI hotspots – anywhere!
    3G AND UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) – Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia INTERNET PORTALS
    INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISPs)
    FREE/PRE-PAID/PAY-AS-YOU-GO INTERNET ACCESS (USUALLY DIAL-UP)
    ARTICLES
    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.

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

    * = Blog entry has been updated.


    Many of the above links are in Italian. If you are already living in Italy or planning on a move to Italy, you may want to find a native or someone fluent in Italian to assist you in getting ADSL and/or other Internet services. You can also send an email MSG and request that an English speaking company representative contact you.

    I know in the States that calling 911 (Emergency Response/Police/Fire Department) from some VOIP vendors setups do NOT function correctly. As a potential user of VOIP, it is YOUR responsibilty that you verify and confirm that the VOIP from the vendor that you select operates correctly with the critical phone numbers that you need to dial in Italy for Police, Fire, Ambulance and other emergency services.

    That's it for Tuesday, 22 November 2005: martedì, 22 Novembre 2005

    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.

    "Chi trova un amico, trova un tesoro."
    "He who finds a friend finds a treasure."

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 11 June 2008)

    Monday, November 21, 2005

    Info on Food Stores (Chains) in Italy

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 3 October 2010)

    Here are the links for chain food (retail) stores in Italy:


    FOOD (GROCERY) STORES
    RELATED
    MISCELLANEOUS
    * = Blog entry has been updated.

    For your specific interest, please search the web for further information using Google .

    The above links as of this date are/were current. If anyone has any suggestions for any other additional web sites and/or links for reference, please feel free to post your comment and I'll update this blog entry.

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

    NOTE: If you want to leave a comment, please leave it in ENGLISH.

    Broken links: Since November, 2005, I have written over 300+ blog entries with 1,000's of corresponding links/URLs for Moving2Italy2, covering a varied and wide range of topics. In the event if you come across a broken link or a non-functioning link/URL, please post a comment and report the non-functional link. I wish to thank you in advance for assisting me in the ongoing maintenance and the updating of this successful and informative blog.

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

    To the readers of this blog entry, I am seeking more web sites on food stores in Italy. Please feel free to submit your favorite links (URLs) to me via this web site.

    The list above is for medium to large chain food retailers in Italy. They are not an "alimentari" which is a small grocery store (mom and pop) operation. However, some of these chain food store retailers have smaller stores depending on location but they are not to be confused with the local and neighborhood alimentari. Some of the above chain food retailers are only in specific Regions or Provinces of Italy. A few of the above are headquartered outside of Italy and are Pan-European or International operations in scope, e.g., Carrefour, LECLERC, Lidl, Penny Markt.

    When my wife and I have rented a house in Italy for our vacation, we will shop at one of the large chain food stores, e.g. Esselunga, Coop, etc. for a large grocery order. Then, we will either go to one of the local open air markets for produce, fruits or an alimentari (small grocery store) if we forgot something.

    One think to keep in mind, when you are at one of the counters (bread, deli, hot foods, produce, etc.) at one of the larger food chain stores, know what you want to order in advance. The person behind the counter will get very impatient with you if keep her/him waiting because there are other customers wanting to get in and out of the store. It is not a time to use your limited language skills. Please come back at a later time when it is less busy and usually, the counterperson will take the time to assist you with your selection and purchase.

    That's it for Monday, 21 November 2005: lunedì, 21 Novembre 2005

    Ciao, Ben

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

    "Non domandare all'oste se ha buon vino."
    "Don't ask the host if he has good wine."

    When you have a free moment or two, please read my wife's interesting and entertaining blog about our life in Italy with photographs:

    Friends and Family in Italy


    Going to Spain, read my new blog:

    Info About, For or On Spain – a source of links About, For or On Spain for those individuals traveling or already living in Spain.

    (LAST EDITED/UPDATED: 3 October 2010)

    © Benjamin H. Licodo, 2005 - 2010, All Rights Reserved.