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British Embassies and Consulates in Italy.

Addresses and contact details. BRITISH EMBASSY IN ITALY Via XX Settembre 80 I-00187 ROMA RM Tel. (+39) 06 4220 0001 – Fax +39 06 42202335 Out of office hours: (+39) 06 4220 2603 e-mail: [email protected] www.britain.it Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00 (Sep-Jul), 08:00-14:00 (Aug) – Except on some UK and Italian public holidays Postal address from […]

Italian university degrees

If you know anything about the Italian university system you will know that up until relatively recently a degree course lasted five years.  Italians start university when they are about 19 0r 20.  However, the five year degree courses often took (take, they still exist) more than five years to complete.  Seven years is quite […]

Speeding fines in Italy, again, and Pisa…

It’s official, the article in the Telegraph I read while I was in the UK would seem to indicate that Euro traffic fines will shortly be with us. The same article is available on-line here.  Although this change comes into effect in March 2007, as some who have read this blog will have noticed, the […]

Funny country

Recently, as those in Italy know well, rather a lot of people have been caught with their trousers down as a result of the clever use of phone taps. Dodgy football dealings have been revealed, as I've already mentioned in another post, and now the unofficial prince of Italy has been shown to have been […]


Walking in the mountains had always been a passion of mine, so, yet again I found myself wandering the high valleys of the Italian alps.


While dropping off our little one at the day nursery today I was involved in the elimination of a large cockroach within said nursery. One of the nursery staff started screaming and lunging at the beast with a broom, but it was yours truly who administered the coup de grace, with my foot. These beasts […]

Cleanliness and gold medal untidiness

Italians have clean homes, very clean homes. Italian wives and cleaning ladies spend hours ensuring that the home environment is spotless, and hygienic too. You can buy special steam cleaning devices here, things that ensure that every nook and cranny is almost surgically clean. Not only are their homes clean, but they are also, in […]

Cultural Differences Between Italian and UK Families

This is my own personal attempt to get my head around how the two cultures differ, especially from the viewpoint of life with children.  This post will thus deal with an issue which is rather close to my heart, seeing as I am an English father of a small child who is likely to be brought […]