Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
In most regions of Italy civil weddings can take place in hotels or villas as an alternative to the registry office. There are however some restrictions, e.g. a wedding cannot be held outdoors. Some cities only allow weddings in a registry office, but as these are usually located in historic and beautiful buildings this is not as bleak an option as it would be in some other countries.
By law in Italy an official interpreter must be present at all marriages between foreign nationals. The registry office will supply you with a list of interpreters in the area.
Publication of Banns: For marriages between Italian nationals it is a requirement that banns be posted for at least two weeks (it varies by region) before a wedding licence is issued. This requirement may be waived in the case of marriages between non-nationals, but it is important to check this with the registrars office in the area where you plan to marry.
Documentation: Birth certificates, Valid current passport, A Certificate of Freedom to Marry. This should be completed and returned to the registry office where you will marry not less than 8 weeks and not more than 12 weeks before the marriage takes place. In Italy a divorced person cannot marry until at least 300 days after the issuing of a Decree Absolute and will need to supply a copy of the Decree Absolute. In some regions an affidavit by a 3rd person drawn up in the presence of a solicitor, stating that since the date of divorce you did not re-marry may be needed.
A widowed person will require the Certificate of their first marriage and the Death certificate of the deceased spouse. An affidavit by a 3rd person drawn up in the presence of a solicitor, stating that since death of former spouse you did not re-marry may be asked for.
There is no legal residency requirement in Italy, but local regulations vary and some registry offices require that you register 2-3 days before the wedding takes place.
A Marriage Certificate will be provided by the registrar immediately after the wedding.
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Monday, February 26, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Did you use a particular tour company during your visit? were they any good?
Do you know of a hidden treasure worth visiting?
Do you have tips for saving money during your trip?
Did you eat at a particularly good/bad restaurant?
Add a comment to this post with a tip for others planning on visiting Italy.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
It is made from white marble and incorporated in the Aurelian walls. During the second half of the 17th century, while the base of the pyramid was being cleaned, various pieces of columns were found, along with marble bases with the names of the descendants of Caius Cestius engraved on them, and a bronze foot. Inside the monument, there were no precious objects, probably because a law had been passed forbidding excess luxury and the burying of gold. As a result, the gold-embroidered clothing belonging to Caius was sold, and the heirs used the money to erect the large bronze statue, of which just the foot remains.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
All letters, both vowels and consonants, must be pronounced, with the exception of h
If 2 or 3 vowels follow each other in a word, each one is pronounced and retains its own individual sound.
If a word contains a double consonant you pronounce both consonants
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Monday, February 19, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
The massive construction could seat more than 80,000 people. The games held to mark the inauguration of the Colosseo lasted 100 days and nights, during which time thousands of people and animals died.
Gladiators were prisoners of war, slaves sold to the gladiator schools or volunteers. Fights were not necessarily to the death as a defeated gladiator could appeal to the crowd and the presiding magistrate, who would signal whether he had fought well and deserved to be saved or if he should be killed. Successful gladiators became popular hero's and would live to enjoy a comfortable retirement.
With the fall of the Roman Empire, the Colosseo was abandoned and later became property of the Church. There are in fact a few graves located inside the Colosseo.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Should you want to call home when in Italy you have several choices.
1) Use a public telephone. This is likely to be very expensive and is therefore not recommended.
2) Phone from one of the many Centri Telefoni or call centres located throughout most cities. These tend to be equipped with banks of phones and (occasionally) staff. You normally speak first and pay later, however some phone booths require a prepayment.
3) Buy an international call card. These are sold in most bars and newsagents. e.g. Edicard, allows you 300 minutes calling time for just €5,00. You can use the card at public phone booths or fixed land lines. This is the most cost effective option.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
The word Carnevale comes from the term carne levare since eating meat was restricted as an atonement while preparing for Easter (Pasqua). The celebration itself has roots in ancient pagan celebrations such as Saturnalia and Lupercalia. In Italy il Carnevale is traditionally a time dedicated to parades, dances, masquerade balls, entertainment, music and widespread merriment. One of the oldest remaining documents about the use of masks in Venice dates to May 2, 1268, when the citizens where banned from playing a certain game while wearing masks. Nowadays mischief and pranks are part of the festivities, children bombard each other with silly string spray and confetti (coriandoli), adults attend extravagant costume balls, and some towns have a series of parades with spectacular papier–mâché floats.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Language. The language we use today was developed from the Romans. The Romans wrote and spoke in Latin and many of our words are based on Latin.
The Calendar. Started by Julius Caesar it is based on the Eaths movement around the sun. The names of the months where taken from the names of Roman Gods and rulers. July is named after Julius Caesar himself.
The Romans also gave us:
A legal system and laws
Aqueducts (bridges for water).
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
What to do depends on 1) if it's your first trip 2) your interests 3) how long you go for.
1) If it's your first time in Rome there are certain "must sees". The vatican, the colosseum, trevi fountain, Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna etc... Rome is actually very easy to get around and you should be able to cover all the big sites in one or two days. Make sure you get to the vatican early or you could find yourself in line for hours.
2) A lot depends on your interests too. There are churches everywhere which are worth a visit both for religous reasons and for the art. Monuments are everywhere too and you'll find you see a lot of art and history just walking around the city. If you're more into nature and relaxing, there are numerous parks (Villa Borghese is right in the centre and great for a picnic. From the Pincio you get a great view over Rome too).
3) How long you stay for will also effect how much you see. As the famous saying goes "A lifetime is not enough". If you have a couple of weeks check out the big sites in the centre and some of the lesser visited ones like St. Petro in vincoli (up the hill in front of the Colosseum which has in my opinion one of Michelangelo's best pieces), take one of the boat trips down the tevere river to Ostia (the beach), get a bus to Tivoli and go to Villa D'este (a beautiful villa with gorgeous gardens full of statues, fountains, and view of Rome from a distance)
make sure you eat at restaurants where Italians eat and not at the tourist restaurants in the centre. Although some tourist menus are ok they are nothing compared the Italian food prepared for Italians. Think about it, tourists menus are created for people who won't be coming back, proper Italian restaurant what the people to come back and therefore have better quality of food and service...and price!
Monday, February 5, 2007
Friday, February 2, 2007
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