March 1, 2013

Travellers Cheques

If you are worried about security, then traveller’s cheques are the safest method of taking money abroad. They can only be used by the purchaser and if lost or stolen, they will be refunded.   Travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, hotels and some
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Italian Post Offices

You can pay most bills at the post office in Italy – similar to that in the UK. Opening times are normally; Monday to Friday, 8.15am-2pm and Saturday 8.15am to noon (sometimes a bit longer, depending on the region). Please note that stamps can also be bought from
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Italian Cashline Machines

In Italy these machines are called ATM’s, Bancomats or Postamats. The exchange rate for credit cards is pegged to an inter-bank rate that changes daily and is always better than the rate you will get for exchanging cash or travellers cheques. Before travelling abroad, you should
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Italian Banks

Banks and post offices tend to offer the best rates, followed by exchange offices and hotels. Some ‘bureaux de change’ offer commission-free facilities, but check first that the rate of exchange is not higher than that of the banks. When entering banks in Italy, you
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Italian Currency

It is recommended that you either exchange your money into Euros prior to arriving in Italy and or use your credit card whilst shopping as it has more favourable exchange rates.     
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Money Matters Overview

The currency in Italy used to be lira (plural lire) ,but since January 2002,  the unit of currency has been the euro (€) divided into 100 cents. Major international credit cards are accepted in the majority of hotels, restaurants and supermarkets but some smaller stores etc still
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Food and Drink Overview

Italian food is very traditional and consists mainly of; pasta, meat, bread, fish and tomato sauces. The Italians like to sit down and eat their meals without rushing them.  Mealtimes are very important to Italians, as it is not only the food that they enjoy, it is also the
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Pizzoccheri della Valtellina

Pizzoccheri della Valtellina – Ricetta tradizionale This is a typical dish from the Valtellina area of Lake Como, Italy. It is a pasta dish made with cheese and vegetables. Pizzoccheri pasta consists of ca. 80 % of buckwheat and of 20% simple wheat flour and its shape is similar
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Olive Oil

Olive oil is an important part of the Italian diet and every Italian kitchen will have a bottle of it.  It can be used for cooking, baking, frying and you can even put it in salads.  It can also be used to preserve vegetables too. Olives are harvested between the months of
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Panettone

Panettone is normally eaten at Christmas time. The origins of the cake appear to be ancient possibly dating back to the Roman Empire. However of all the varied legends, all of them have a common theme and that is that the Panettone originated from Milan. One legend states that it
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Missoltini with Polenta

Every region in Italy has its culinary specialities. Lake Como cuisine does not compare to the Sicilian cuisine but nonetheless it does have some tasty dishes to offer. Missoltini are typical fish found in Lake Como that are sun-dried and conserved in barrels with salt and bay
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Aperitivo

The aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink. This is an important part of the Italian life, allowing you to socialize and relax before dinner. It is more popular in the north of Italy, though you’ll find a form of it throughout Italy. The price of drinks can be expensive at this time to
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