Visit the lovely hill town of Marostica, about 1½ hours from Venice, to see a re-enactment of a live chess duel. In 1454 Lord Tadio Parisio held a living game of chess to decide between two noblemen who wanted the hand of his beautiful daughter, Leonora. The loser had to make do with his younger daughter, Oldrada. He held a grand parade with fireworks, flag-throwing and a great feast.
Every two years the event is repeated, on the pink and white marble slabs imbedded in the centre of the piazza to form the chess board. Fabulous costumes, banners, parades make this an event not to be missed, but tickets are sold out well in advance.
Italy was a founding member of the EU in 1952 and is a member of the Schengen area. The capital city is Rome and the currency the euro. Apart from the mainland, Italy incudes the islands of Sicily, Sardinia, Elba and others. Two independent states lie within Italy: the Vatican city in Rome and the Republic of San Marino.
Italy benefits from its history in the centre of the vast Roman Empire. This has left a huge archeological heritage. Then the medieval and renaissance produced great thinkers like Da Vinci and Galileo, further enhanced by incomparable artists such as Michelangelo and Botticelli, and so much more. You can never be stuck for something to do or places to visit.
Although Britain is not a member of the Schengen area, and therefore customs formalities apply, because we are members of the EU, there is little of consequence to concern the average Briton relocating to Italy.
there are no restrictions. Free import of goods bought from the EU with some restrictions on the amount of alcohol and cigarettes. Medicines for personal use only.
Dogs and cats require their own pet passport, microchips, rabies vaccinations within 1 year, but not closer than 21 days from departure, and up-to-date routine vaccinations. You could contact the Italian Embassy in London (tel: 020 73122230) for details of your personal circumstances, and for other pets. If you intend to bring the pet back to the UK you must ensure the rabies vaccinations are kept up to date. (more…)